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Red Hair Variants

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The Red Hair Variants Project was created to collect data from members who carry at least one of a number of red hair variants on the MC1R (Melanocortin 1 Receptor) gene. The following MC1R red hair variants are included in Family Tree DNA Family Finder results:


RefSNP

SNP Name

Alternate Name

RSPOS

Risk Allele

rs1805008

Arg160Trp

R160W

89986144

T (C>T)

rs885479

Arg163Gln

R163Q

89986154

A (G>A)

rs2228479

Val92Met

V92M

89985940

A (G>A)

rs1805006

Asp84Glu

D84E

89919510

A (C>A)

rs1110400

Ile155Thr

I155T

89986130

C (T>C)

rs1805005

Val60Leu

V60L

89919436

T (G>T)


In order to find out whether or not you are a carrier of one of these red hair variants, you must download your Family Finder raw data to your computer using a program like 7Zip, which is available online for free. Open your raw data using the program of your choice (like 7Zip). Click on the "Find & Select" function in the upper right of the spreadsheet and then on "find". Type the RefSNP number from the table above in the box that appears and click on "FIND NEXT". The RefSNP should appear inside a bold box. Look at column D and determine if you have at least one risk allele (for example, a T at rs1805008). If you do, you are a carrier and eligible to join the Red Hair Variants Project.

Please do NOT join this project unless you are a carrier of at least one red hair variant and have autosomal test results to prove it.

You do not have to have red hair to join this project. If you carry only one risk allele of a red hair variant, you probably do not have red hair, but you are a carrier and can pass the trait on to your children. Red hair is a recessive trait. It generally takes at least two risk alleles for a person to actually have red hair.

The following MC1R red hair variants are also commonly found but are not currently included in Family Finder test results:


rs11547464*

Arg142His

R160H

89919683

A (G>A)

rs1805009*

Asp294His

D294H

89920138

C (G>C)

rs1805007*

Arg151Cys

R151C

89919709

T (C>T)

rs34474212*

Ser83Pro

S83P

89985913

C (T>C)


*Not currently included in Family Finder test results.

FTDNA's Red Hair Variants Project is an autosomal dna project (obviously), but one thing everyone should keep in mind is that if you join, you won't show up on the project's public web site unless you have y-dna or mtDNA results from FTDNA.

That is the way FTDNA projects are set up, for one thing, because FTDNA began with y-dna and mtDNA testing, and its first projects were all y-dna and/or mtDNA projects. I doubt anyone would want his or her autosomal data put on display anyway.

So, if you want to show up on the project's public web site in one of the red hair variant categories, you'll need y-dna or mtDNA results from FTDNA.

It's a good idea to get them anyway!