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It is associated with fair skin color, lighter eye colors (gray, blue, green, and hazel), freckles, and sensitivity to ultraviolet light.
Cultural reactions have varied from ridicule to admiration; many common stereotypes exist regarding redheads and they are often portrayed as fiery-tempered.
Red hair is associated with fair skin color because low concentrations of eumelanin throughout the body of those with red hair caused by a MC1R mutation can cause both.
The lower melanin concentration in skin confers the advantage that a sufficient concentration of important Vitamin D can be produced under low light conditions.
Red hair has far more of the pigment pheomelanin than it has of the dark pigment eumelanin.
The genetics of red hair, discovered in 1997, appear to be associated with the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), which is found on chromosome 16.
Reddish-brown (auburn) hair is also found amongst some Polynesians, and is especially common in some tribes and family groups.
This type of inheritance is described as an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance.
Even if both parents do not have red hair themselves, both can be carriers for the gene and have a redheaded child.
However, in Northern Europe this does not happen, so redheads can become more common through genetic drift.
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