Edinburgh is surprise capital for redheaded Britain and Ireland

by Rachel Baker on August 25, 2013

If you have red hair, and were wondering where it came from, consider this: both parents have to have the red hair gene variant for you to have been born with red hair. This is particularly interesting on a genealogical level, i.e., if both my parents are brunettes and I am born with red hair, which ancestors did I get the color of my hair from?

A groundbreaking study indicates that more than 20 million people in the UK and the Irish Republic have genes that produce red hair.

The researchers have also produced the first map of the redheaded nations and regions, which confounds the commonly held belief that Ireland and the Highlands are the reddest parts of the country. The Edinburgh area is the most red headed region, according to the study, with 40 percent of the population carrying one of the three common red hair gene variants.


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