Friday, August 14, 2009

~the year 2100~

Being a redhead, this article in the Seattle times recently
really stood out to me!
According to it, redheads could become extinct by the year 2100!
Here is what they have to say....
If predictions by the Oxford Hair Foundation come to pass, the number of natural redheads everywhere will continue to dwindle until there are none left by the year 2100.
The reason, according to scientists at the independent institute in England, which studies all sorts of hair problems, is that just 4 percent of the world's population carries the red-hair gene. The gene is recessive and therefore diluted when carriers produce children with people who have the dominant brown-hair gene.
Dr. John Gray's explanation of his foundation's findings: "The way things are going, red hair will either be extremely rare or extinct by the end of the century."
Red hair certainly has made the endangered list. But with 4 percent of 6.4 billion people carrying the gene, says University of Rochester Medical Center's David Pearce, it is too large a figure to be wiped out completely in the next 95 years.
"I think someone may want to check their calculator," he says. The red-hair gene "will dilute out and become rare, but there are a variety of other factors that can change hair color that are not really understood well right now."
The gene responsible for red hair was only discovered in the late 1990s. People have a good chance of being born with red hair if they have a mutation of that gene.
Red hair is found in all ethnic backgrounds but is most commonly associated with people of Celtic descent.

something to think about!
xoxo

26 comments:

Becca said...

CHEERS to all of us redheads!
Becca

HD said...

My husband and I both have dark brown hair, and so did our parents. But somehow, our two children both have red hair. I wonder if a third child would have it too? Anytime I go anywhere (which is pretty much daily), I get stopped and asked about my two red-headed children. I never knew having red hair would get so much attention. Very interesting.

Katie said...

Very interesting!

Lee said...

I am new to blogging but not to redheads... I am naturally a red head turned blonde... my husband is a redhead and my daddy's name is Rusty....time will tell.

Jenn@Spejory said...

Well, I'm not a natural redhead but I am thankful for the kind of red that comes in a box from Wal Mart.

Katy said...

hmm, that is sad.

my2twins said...

I had heard this report too. I am also a natural redhead. Out of 6 siblings, 2 of us are redheads. Out of the 18 grandchildren we have blessed my parents with, only 2 are redheads. I guess only time will tell.

Dawn said...

As a fellow natural born redhead, I'm so sad to hear this news!

Of my two children, one is blond and one is brunette. However, my niece and nephew both have red hair and neither of their parents' do. Go figure!

Risa said...

I'm not a red head but I loved your post. Very interesting.

~*~Kate~*~ said...

I was born with red hair but it turned strawberry blonde as I got older and now I've been coloring it so long that I haven't the slightest idea what color it is anymore.

I LOVE red hair though and wish it flattered my skintone better than it does now.

krys kirkpatrick said...

My sister has the cutest little Grandy in the whole world. He has red hair and freckles. He is scandinavia and some polynesian thrown in. Here is her site to see his picture.http://suzannelknutson.blogspot.com/

Brought to you by the letter K. said...

That's interesting. Red hair is dominant on my side of the family. Only a few of us made it out of the gene pool without it (I have dirty blonde hair). My husband, however, is PERSIAN. Black hair, dark skin, gorgeous brown eyes.....our daughter, the first born, looks exactly like him. Our son, the baby? Red hair, fair skin and green eyes. I never would have thought....so, you truly never know!

trash talk said...

I knew I was special for some reason! I was always told that red hair skips a generation. My grandmother had gorgeous auburn hair, my mother had black and I am a titian (slowly going blonde as I get older). I have also heard that red heads are descendants of extra terrestrials, so go figure!

Dianne said...

I just read your post on redoing your living room. There is a book called Trade Secrets by BHG...on pages 160-167 you will find your look...all the white used with stone ( your fireplace). Just thought you'd enjoy seeing it.

Melaine Thompson said...

Dianne~you are awesome! I just bought the book on ebay! can't wait to get it!!! Such a shopaholic! Melaine

a little bit vintage said...

How sad! I, too, am a natural redhead! I was hoping that our daughter would be born with red hair, but alas, it's blonde. :(

Rachel

Tattered Goods said...

I am verrry lucky I feel to be married to a natural redhead who is my red headed hunka burnin love of 23 years. It seems that there are a lot of redheaded reply's to your post they may what to double check their studies.... :)Anyway loved the post.

Vicki said...

Very interesting! Strange to imagine a world with out red heads. Reminds me of an article I read about banans becoming extinct.

(I'm wondering, though, if I'm the only one who was alittle surprised by the chosen pic and was glad my son wasn't nearby when I pulled the blog up..)

Deb said...

I have a red-headed grandson who like his mom has the orange color. I love it. She will have a new baby in January and we are hoping for another redhead.

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

As long as there is Clairol or Henna, there will be redheads! :)

Malisa

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Fas-ci-natin'!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Lots of true red heads in our families (both hubby's and mine) although those of us who don't have red hair, have red highlights. We are of English, Irish and Scottish descent. Hubby and my brothers all have reddish moustaches with darker hair. Interesting article.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Wow that's interesting. That would be sad if true. I love red heads. I didn't realize you had red hair. Congratulations on being a rare natural beauty:)

Angie said...

I heard about this from someone but never saw the article. I'm not a red head but my daughter, mother, grandmother and ALL of my aunt and uncles are. I've been around beautiful red heads all my life- to think there could be a time where there aren't any is strange!! ;)

My Happy Homestead said...

I heard this news too... I'm auburn and can't seem to get a baby with red hair! We are a rare breed!

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