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The redhead gene is not becoming extinct. In August 2007, many news organizations reported that redheads would become extinct, possibly as early as 2060, due to the gene for red hair being recessive. Although redheads may become more rare, they will not die out unless everyone who carries the gene dies or fails to reproduce. This misconception has been around since at least 1865, and often resurfaces in American newspapers.

The redhead gene is not becoming extinct. In August 2007, many news organizations reported that redheads would become extinct, possibly as early as 2060, due to the gene for red hair being recessive. Although redheads may become more rare, they will not die out unless everyone who carries the gene dies or fails to reproduce. This misconception has been around since at least 1865, and often resurfaces in American newspapers.

Even just carrying the redhead gene may up your cancer risk. Understand more about the health issues in redheads.

Even if you're not a redhead, carrying the redhead gene may up your cancer risk

Even just carrying the redhead gene may up your cancer risk. Understand more about the health issues in redheads.

...and then all the freckles form into one  How many of you feel this way after the holiday weekend?! #RedheadLife

...and then all the freckles form into one How many of you feel this way after the holiday weekend?! #RedheadLife

@Adam Fike  "Dont worry, it's just God punishing you cause you're a ginger"

@Adam Fike "Dont worry, it's just God punishing you cause you're a ginger"

A new study reveals the redhead gene, known as the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), is a key factor in looking younger.

A new study reveals the redhead gene, known as the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), is a key factor in looking younger.

Not a redhead but my wonderful Grandma was and I have her skin, so do you Becca ;)

Not a redhead but my wonderful Grandma was and I have her skin, so do you Becca ;)

How many times have I tried to tell people this?  So many people tell me that red hair skips a generation - UNTRUE!

How many times have I tried to tell people this? So many people tell me that red hair skips a generation - UNTRUE!

Are You Carrying the Redhead Gene?  by Marc Lallanilla  A British ancestry company, BritainsDNA, is now offering parents the chance to see if their children might inherit the so-called "ginger gene," the Telegraph reports. The test will scan each parent's DNA for signs of the so-called MC1R gene that causes redheadedness.

Are You Carrying the Redhead Gene? by Marc Lallanilla A British ancestry company, BritainsDNA, is now offering parents the chance to see if their children might inherit the so-called "ginger gene," the Telegraph reports. The test will scan each parent's DNA for signs of the so-called MC1R gene that causes redheadedness.

Dear sun. On behalf of Gingers against Sunburn, I'd like to cancel your services. My skin does not appreciate your kisses. Sincerely- a natural red head aka the now cooked lobster

Dear sun. On behalf of Gingers against Sunburn, I'd like to cancel your services. My skin does not appreciate your kisses. Sincerely- a natural red head aka the now cooked lobster

Our recessive 'ginger genes' are predicted to disappear altogether one day - procreate NOW!!

Our recessive 'ginger genes' are predicted to disappear altogether one day - procreate NOW!!

His mother would also have to carry the redhead gene, just sayin'. >>> Very true.

His mother would also have to carry the redhead gene, just sayin'. >>> Very true.

A new study reveals the redhead gene, known as the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), is a key factor in looking younger.

A new study reveals the redhead gene, known as the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), is a key factor in looking younger.

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Irish news, politics, and business coverage from the US, Ireland, and anywhere around the Irish world on IrishCentral.com