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.

Startling News: Redhead Gene Makes You Look Younger...another reason to love being a redhead.

Startling News: Redhead Gene Makes You Look Younger...another reason to love being a redhead.

Literrata: The Viking-Irish Redhead Gene Myth

Literrata: The Viking-Irish Redhead Gene Myth

A mutation in the MCR1 gene causes RED HAIR. Therefore, I am a MUTANT. Sorry, I have to keep my other super powers a secret.  cafepress.com

A mutation in the MCR1 gene causes RED HAIR. Therefore, I am a MUTANT. Sorry, I have to keep my other super powers a secret. cafepress.com

Only 2% of the world’s population has red hair. So you’re a majestic unicorn, basically. | 21 Reasons Why Being A Redhead Is Awesome

21 Reasons Why Being A Redhead Is Awesome

Only 2% of the world’s population has red hair. So you’re a majestic unicorn, basically. | 21 Reasons Why Being A Redhead Is Awesome

Tales of a Ranting Ginger: Are Redheads Mutants ? Infographic

Are Redheads Mutants

Expert argues Vikings carried redhead gene to Scotland - Heritage - The Scotsman

Expert argues Vikings carried redhead gene to Scotland - Heritage - The Scotsman

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!

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 ;)

Discuss: This article & video about the redhead gene is intended to curb bullying against redheads.

Do you have redhead DNA? Test aims to boost pride, combat bullying

Discuss: This article & video about the redhead gene is intended to curb bullying against redheads.

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