It looks like the search for why red hair is so concentrated in Ireland and Scotland continues with PhD genetics student Emily Pritchard’s work. Her thesis is focused on what the plausible reasons for the nearly 8% population concentration of copper tresses in the foggy European islands (where most other locations have a mere 1% of copper-tops among them.) She is conducting her research at the MRC Human Genetics Research Unit in the UK.
It’s all still hypothesis and pieces of research being pieced together but any additional digging into this mystery is welcome. I know I always faced the dilemma of being a redhead born in Hawaii — genetically not ideal.