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Why I Have Red Hair, Need to Avoid the Sun, and Shouldn't Commit a Crime

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Science  02 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5816, pp. 1215
DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5816.1215

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Summary

Redheads almost always have two alleles encoding defective MC1R proteins; such alleles are rare in those with dark hair and even rarer in those who tan well. (Read more.)