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Friday, November 9, 2012

Study launched to find recessive Scots for a ginger map



Scotland is launching a study of genes to make a "ginger map" of Scotland:


A project is being launched which aims to find out how many people in Scotland carry the red hair gene.

Researchers from the ScotlandsDNA project also hope to discover why Scotland appears to have the most red-headed people in the world.

Only about 1-2% of the world's population has red hair, but in Scotland the figure is much higher at around 13% or about 650,000 people.

The information will be used to make a "ginger" map of the British Isles.

Researchers at the ScotlandsDNA project believe the figure for Scottish red hair gene carriers may be much higher, and could be as many as 1.6m.


Why do so many Scots carry the red hair gene? One theory revolves around the lousy Scottish weather:


Mr Moffat added: "I think it's to do with sunshine - we all need vitamin D from sunshine - but Scotland is cloudy, we have an Atlantic climate and we need light skin to get as much vitamin D from the Sun as possible."
 
There you have it: the Scots are more gingerish than the rest of us because of the clouds hanging over wee Scotland.

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