Monday, 11 February 2013

Red Hair Day

I can remember the time when I was pregnant (the wife had a bit to do with it as well). Like all expectant fathers I was trying to ensure that I was  going to be doing all the right things. Worries were few, all I wanted was a fit and health child. I did not care about gender male or female, either would be OK with me. A few thoughts went on small child's bedroom decoration and colours - But Manchester United red as a colour does tend to be a bit gender independent. 

Mr Jones (a consultant) gender tests
Mr Gascoigne (a player)

Now it seems that expectant couples have moved on from having a quick ultrasonic peek at the head count and gender. (which I think spoils the surprise) It seems that expectant couples are now wanting to know if they could be having ginger babies. Not only that but they are being offered red hair-detecting DNA tests. Now, call me old and cynical, but what difference does it make if your child has red hair. They can become Manchester United fans and enjoy all the kudos of supporting the best team ever to win a trophy. I understand that there will be a few who might want blue hair for their offspring. But as the numbers with this requirement are so low, nature has not got around to addressing that problem. 

Tests to determine if your offspring are genetically predisposed to the inspiring prospect of supporting Manchester United will be offered at the "Who Do You Think You Are"  exhibition at London’s Olympia next month.

Ginger gene carriers can have redhead babies even if neither parent has red hair. This is natures way of  telling you that Manchester United are the only team to support. Dr Jim Wilson, of the firm behind the Man U gene test said: "Through a simple saliva test to determine deep ancestry, we can also identify whether an individual is a carrier of any of the three common red-head variants in the gene MC1R. “Families can carry a variant for generations, and when one carrier has children with another carrier, a red-headed baby can appear seemingly out of nowhere.”


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