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Red Hair, Blue Eyes and Other Genetic Mutations

Updated on August 11, 2013
Red hair is beautiful but, unless that color came out of a bottle, this woman is, unfortunately, a mutant!
Red hair is beautiful but, unless that color came out of a bottle, this woman is, unfortunately, a mutant! | Source

It is generally believed that all human beings share approximately ninety-eight percent of our genetic makeup. Over the centuries, though, DNA has evolved, changed and mutated so that some of us bear little similarities to our ancestors with regards to things like physical features, appearance and height.

Even though many people go to great lengths to appear to be just like everybody else, we almost all have something that makes us different from the next guy. Usually it's a personality trait, some skill we know or a talent that not many people have... the one thing that makes us memorable.

Some of us, however, have physical characteristics that make us stand out in a crowd - our height, features, the shapes of our faces. Most of them are just a part of our genetic makeup.

But some of these traits are the direct results of genetic mutations.

This blue eyed mutant is obviously angry about being a mutant!
This blue eyed mutant is obviously angry about being a mutant! | Source

What is a Genetic Mutation?

To put it simply, a genetic mutation is when something in our DNA doesn't quite do what it's supposed to do. People generally associate the term with birth defects and, indeed, conditions such as albinism, deformities and even some mental conditions.

Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is our genetic blueprint. It tells our cells what do do as we develop. Genetic mutations are the result of a change or 'misfire' in our DNA. These genetic mutations are often passed down from parent to child, which is why we often resemble our parents and sometimes inherit certain diseases like diabetes, Sickle-cell anemia, certain cancers and asthma, as well as a resistance to specific diseases.

Polymorphisms are genetic changes that occur in more than one percent of the population. These are responsible for hair color, eye color and blood type. These DNA changes do not just occur in humans, they are also responsible for different traits and varieties of other species, such as black Labrador retrievers and their yellow or chocolate cousins.

It is generally accepted in the scientific world that modern homo sapiens first originated in Africa about two-hundred thousand years ago. Without genetic mutations, we would likely all bear the same dark skin, brown hair and brown eyes of our ancestors. The term usually has negative connotations, but some of the results of the mutations are not harmful, less complex and sometimes even prized. It's important not to think of a genetic mutation as a defect. It's simply a change in our cellular makeup. So do not fill out your application for Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters just yet.

Painting of Mary Magdalene as a red head by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys.
Painting of Mary Magdalene as a red head by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys. | Source

Red Hair

The general consensus is that the first red headed human appeared in Africa about 50,000 years ago and then people with fiery hair began migrating to Europe. But how did red hair happen?

Scientists have declared that red hair is a genetic mutation of sorts which occurs in less than three percent of the entire human population. In some areas, such as Great Britain, red hair occurs in as much as six percent of the population. It is the rarest hair color among humans and is often also associated with very fair skin, light colored eyes and freckles.

The genetic culprit is the gene melanocortin 1 receptor, or MC1R. MC1R is located in the cell membrane and is affected by the pituitary gland. The pigment pheomelanin is what gives hair it's red color. 50,000 years ago, a genetic anomaly occurred that caused MC1R to release more pheomelanin that normal and, viola, a redhead was born.

Red hair is referred to as a recessive gene. For a recessive trait to be inherited, both parents have to be carrying a copy of the trait in their DNA. Because both parents need to have the recessive gene to pass it on to their children, certain traits often skip at least one generation.

Blond hair is also a genetic mutation believe to have occurred about eleven thousand years ago. The color is thought to be so prevalent in certain areas of the globe, especially Europe, as a result of sexual selection. Since blond hair was rare and prized, people possessing it were more often chosen as mates.

A woman with Heterochromia Iridium.
A woman with Heterochromia Iridium. | Source

Blue Eyes

All humans originally had brown eyes, which occur because of the large amount of pigment which gives color to the eyes. Scientists believe that blue eyes occurred between six and ten thousand years ago, and that all people with blue eyes share a single, common ancestor.

The gene OCA2 controls melanin, the pigment that gives us our coloring. Because of the mutation of an adjacent gene, HERC2, OCA2 turned itself off, like a switch, and allowed humans' eyes to turn blue or, rather, disallowed the eyes to be colored by pigment.

Blue eyes were previously thought to be a recessive gene, but that theory has been proven incorrect. If one parent has blue eyes and the other has brown, the resulting children will generally, but not always, have brown eyes as they are the more dominant trait. Also, two brown-eyes parents can produce a child with an eye color other than brown, even if there are no ancestors with blue or green eyes.

OCA2 is also responsible for albinism - if it is completely turned off, people are born with no pigment in their eyes, skin or hair.

Green eyes are actually a form of brown eyes, caused by the amount of melanin that is found in the iris. Amber eyes are a result of extra yellow colored pigment in the iris, grey eyes are caused by deposits of collagen in the iris and hazel eyes are caused by the amount of melanin in the iris and are affected by Rayleigh scattering, which allows the color to shift in certain lights.

Though Elizabeth Taylor's beautiful eyes were considered to be violet and were one of her largest claims to fame, they were actually a shade of blue. Violet, purple and red eyes can only occur with albinism.

A fairly rare eye color condition, heterochromia iridium , allows for each eye to become a different color. This does not only occur in humans, but also in animals. Husky dogs, for example, often have two different colored eyes. This condition, usually caused by a genetic mutation, can also be inherited. The other causes of Heterochromia are disease and injury. A variation of this condition, sectoral heterochromia causes someone to have multiple colors in the same eye.

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So, Are We Mutants, or Just Different?

Gingers get picked on, called carrot top and kids offer to connect the dots of their freckles. There are millions of 'dumb blond' jokes and some people are creeped out by others with multi-colored eyes. People who have these differences often wish they didn't while others who don't have them wish they did.

Yes, some of these things are caused by genetic mutations but, in the end, these are just some of the things that make us different. The world would be a very boring place if we all looked exactly alike. After all, variety is the spice of life.

Interesting Scientific Video about Genetic Mutations

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      GalaxyRat 5 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Neither. Nice Hub though. How I wish I was a mutant... and if you'll excuse me, let me go talk to Prof. Xavier about tips on mind controlling. Cheers.

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      Adirondack Anne 16 months ago

      I have a great grandson who has a white, strawberry blonde, blue eyed mother and an African American father. When the sun shines on his hair it is red but at other times it is a dark brown. His eyes are large and brown.

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      Clara 23 months ago

      I have strawberry blonde hair and blue green eyes... what soes that make me?

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      Pam H. 2 years ago

      I have red hair & hazel eyes, but if i wear an aqua top my eyes change to that color. Among the first cousins there are 3 girls & 1 boy who have red hair. My oldest has strawberry blond hair with hazel eyes & my youngest has red hair with brown eyes.

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      Sharette 2 years ago

      There's a guy who sits next to me in class who has red hair and blue eyes:)

      I have deep blue/black eyes and blonde hair. I have my hair dyed red though because i love red hair/blue eye combination! It's so perfect!

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      Emily 2 years ago

      I have red hair that shines orange in the sun, and I have blue green eyes. Im proud to be a mutant!

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      Dianne Davidson 2 years ago

      The word is voila, not viola.

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      Hailey 2 years ago

      I have red hair natrally but I dyed it when I was young cause I got bullied for it. And I have blue/ sliver changing eyes, and I'm 4"10, my research has told me that I am one of the rarest people (short, blue eyes and red hair is one of the rarest combinations cause red hair people are normally taller, and same with Blues eyes people, if not, than you're rare too)!!!

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      TRY It Before You BUY It 2 years ago

      Thanks

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      Shirley Johnson 2 years ago from Sallisaw, OK

      I resemble this article!!!!!! (lol) I have blue eyes. They are my best physical attribute and asset. My red hair, well, that's from a box. If red hair, though, is a mutation, why do men like women with red hair. That's exactly why I color my hair a bright to medium auburn color; my husband appreciates it and I always figured it looks good with my eyes. I've always secretly wished for red hair, though.

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      ashley 3 years ago

      i am tall (for a girl) 5'9, very pale (sunburns), almost like a greyish-periwinkle-blue eyes, and medium ash-blonde superfine hair that shines silver (uurgh!).i also have every kind of freckle known to man, and only one wisdom tooth (another mutation) my brother is also tall (6'2), fair but tans really well, more of a baby blue in his eyes, and golden blonde hair (normal thickness). he has a few freckles and he has every wisdom tooth BUT the one i have is missing ( ?! ) mother is 5'3, same colouring as me, no idea aout the teeth. dad is 5'7, olive skinned, dark brown hair, baby blue eyes, had all his wisdom teeth.

      it might be worth it to note that my mom, grandma, and baba (grams mum), and i all have the same certain freckles in the same spots. my brother and i have two that we share that no one else does.

      mum and i are also the only flat ones in our family. (also a mutation)

      not to mention the countless deficiencies... genetics are crazy! (least i saved a fortune at the dentist!)

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      ashley 3 years ago

      that post by scarede cat was offensive. i resent that implication.

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      nora 3 years ago

      i have blonde hair and blue eyes so does my dad (his turned brown after he married my mom) my sister also does but one of her eyes is half blue and half brown straight down the middle its very weird. then my other sister, my brother, and my mom have red hair and blue eyes. my dad and my redhead sister have husky blue eyes and mine are grey blue and my moms eyes are blue and look hazel sometimes. but please tell me im not the only one who thinks my family has a weird combination?

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      suzyq 3 years ago

      i was born with bright red hair and blue light blue eyes,by the age of 5 my hair was almost white.then in my teens my hair was straberryblone and my eye were very dark blue.now im older and my hair has blonde, red and brown.

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      Jillian 3 years ago

      I find it interesting that you said green eyes come from brown eyes. I was born with very blue eyes, around 11 they turned green like my fathers. I have always assumed it was derived from blue eyes, my brother and father had the same thing happen, but their eyes went from blue to green around the age of 4. My parents where both brunettes. A trait only I enherited. My sister and brother are both red heads. But my sister has brown eyes like our mother. My son is a double mutant red hair and blue eyes, though they have already begun changing to green, just as mine did.

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      Elizabeth 3 years ago

      both my parents have brown hair Dad ( has siblings with red hair ;has blue eyes) mom (brown hair & hazel eyes). I have red hair & hazel eyes; my sister blonde & blue eyes.

      My husband has brown hair (with red highlights when he has facial hair & hazel eyes). I have red hair and hazel eyes. My son has blonde hair & blue eyes and our daughter has red hair & blue eyes.

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      Yusuki 3 years ago

      I wish I had red hair.... I have curly honey-blonde hair and freckles... my sis is the one you want! (-.-)

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      Josh 3 years ago

      Hi I'm white as ever with dark black hair blue eyes and biggest pet peeve... freckles,! But my mom is red headed blue eyes.

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      mattthe moosey 3 years ago

      I have auburn hair, no Color in my skin, and orange (technically amber) eyes. So that makes 3 for me. I also have lactose intolerance, which means that I don't have the common mutation that lets humans eat/drink dairy. So drinking milk is a mutation too guys.

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Voted up and interesting :) + awesome :). Very fun hub. Have a great week

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      James.H.Slaven 3 years ago

      i'm more mutated than that i have flexible bone plating in my fists and chest i also have a second adrenaline gland plus extra sets of teeth which get pointier and pointier WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!!!

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      jess 3 years ago

      I have dark honey blond hair and blue/green eyes and my eyes can turn a really light clear blue or a darkish green or anywhere in-between

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      Kay 3 years ago

      I have a mutation of the eyes, but I'm the only person I know who has it. My eyes would be a lovely teal color, if it wasn't for the yellow and gold trying to overrule the teal. So my eyes are probably one of the first of a new mutation, plus I only have 1 grandfather with blue eyes. Most people find my eyes creepy :)!

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      greeneyedblondie 3 years ago

      Blue eyes with blonde hair really run in my family but I'm one of those rare green eyed ones! Hence my name.

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      tabi 3 years ago

      Really interesting

      I have red hair n blue eyes n I never really considered my self as a mutant

      In science class though we learned that redheads were the first to evolve

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      Steph 3 years ago

      My daughter has beautiful red hair and blue eyes. I have blue eyes and so does her dad.

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      Andi 3 years ago

      I am a red haired bluish greyish eyed mutant and I love being one and all but it does have its cons I hate bit being able to tan but then I love it cuz what kind of redhead would look good with dark skin the most I can get us a little but darker in the summer after getting burnt of course but in the winter I have a peachy skin color. My eyes also change colors it usually depend in the clothes I am wearing and I wonder why that is. But all together I love being a redheaded child :D well more of an auburn/strawberry blonde also one thing I forgot to mention is that in the summer my hair kind of turns a blonder color.

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      Daddubear 3 years ago

      I´m ginger , I had 3 sisters and ALL of us were ginger , I realize, maybe now, that it ´s pretty weird istn´t it .

      I ´m tho only who remains alive now

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      redblue 3 years ago

      I have been called ginger so many times that is bassicly what everyone calls me and I'm just fine with it

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      Jenna 3 years ago

      my brother was born with really dark red hair (doctors thought it was blood) he soon after lost his full head of hair and it grew brown but now the weird thing is that when he grows a beard that is the same color of but still only has brown hair, why is that? (he has green eyes)

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      David 3 years ago

      I think I have a real genetic mix. I'm a blue eyed red head whose father and his grandfather had two coloured eyes. My father was dark but everyone else was red headed. Funny.

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      James E Cressler 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Interesting...I don't believe most of it, but entertaining as well!

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      Georgianna Lowery 3 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      weluvmike,

      My hair changes with the seasons, too. I used to dye it redder in the winter because it turns dark but I've gotten too old for all that nonsense!

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      weluvmike 3 years ago

      My hair is seemingly always changing color dependent on the season, really....it's red and in the summer it's mixed with blonde, like a strawberry-blonde and during the winter it's more brown, like an Auburn; my eyes change dependent on what I'm wearing between bright blue to a sea green mixed with blue It's really cool, I used to HATE it but now it makes me unique and which girl doesn't want redhead babies!!

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      corey 3 years ago

      Bold red hair and striking blue eyes here, I've never had a problem with it, the burning sun thing kinda sucks though!

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      Redd 3 years ago

      I too am a mutant and proud of it! I have red hair that has never been able to be duplicated in a bottle, believe me my mom tried for over 30 years to find it. But I also have rare mood eyes, also a mutation. When I cry they turn an emerald green, when happy they turn crystal blue, when blah they turn grey. On average they are blue with a steel grey ring.

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      yup 4 years ago

      I have a great nephew who is almost 1year old, he is half white and half Guatemalan he is as white as any other white person. He has the most awesome (sea color) blue eyes. His mom has brown hair/blue eyes and his dad. He babies dad has dark brown hair and brown eyes, it looks like the babies hair is turning color it looks like it is turning red. Why would this be

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      patsythedog12345 4 years ago

      hi have blue eyes

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      MaHayla 4 years ago

      I have Auburn hair and bright blue eyes,but I love them even if I can't tan.

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      Karin 4 years ago

      I would like to ask something and hoping that somebody will be able to answer. If not the author then maybe somebody else who knows.

      My grandmother had brown eyes, not hazel or anything, like real chocolate brown eyes. They looked almost dark reddish in the sun.

      My grandfather had blue eyes, just regular middle toned blue.

      My mother got these really like ocean blue eyes. A really deep, a little bit darker than the most blue eyes I've seen but nevertheless super blue. Her brother got light green eyes.

      My father had an icy shade of blue, and all family that I know of on his side of the family have blue eyes.

      Now I myself have the weirdest eye color, they are green. BUT I also have sectoral heterochromia in my left eye. About 35-40% of it is brown.

      Both my eyes are green, but the eye without the heterochromia are more of a blue/green shade. Or maybe it's just an illusion you get because of the brown in the other one, I don't know. They're not hazel/green anyway, just blue/green.

      Another strange thing is that my eyes where blue (completely blue, even without the heterochromia) until I was about 5-6 years. The change didn't happen quickly, rather very slow. No one seemed to notice really. Not even myself really, it was more in the early teen years I started to notice and my mother told me that that's just the way I look. But when you look at pictures from when I was about 5-6 years they are a clear blue.

      Lately my sectoral heterochromia has gotten darker too, more noticable, the last couple of years.

      Why is this? How come I got this strange eye color when both my parents are blue eyed? Shouldn't I genetically be blue eyed? Blue being recessive and all?

      I'm also blond btw, in later years it has turned into kind of a strawberry blond. When I was younger it was more of a light wheat-blond color. I'm 25 now.

      I'm 100% swedish, if that matters.

      Could somebody please explain how it works? Because this have really been om my mind lately.

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      JamieMcQ 4 years ago

      Really good info and postings in the comments section.... I am truly a mutant. I am Irish, have very dark brown/black (now going grey) hair, pale freckled skin and I have three colours in my eyes amber, blue and green, both eyes share the same colours. I went to an optician (very lovely she was) she asked me if it was ok for her to take photos of my eyes as she had never seen it before.... I was more hoping for a date.

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      Lauren 4 years ago

      Haha. I have both red hair and blue eyes, it runs in my mother's side of the family. So what if we are 'mutants'? I am in Junior high and almost everybody in my class comments how pretty I am and how beautiful my red hair and or blue eyes are. I'm proud to be who I am and what I look like :) Thank you for this, it was very interesting and somewhat reassuring for people like me out there.

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      Raven 4 years ago

      hello! I really like the info you gave me. It's fascinating! My mom has blue eyes(but in one eye it has specks of green) and has blonde hair and my dad has deep brown eyes and dark brown hair(nearly black) I have blue/grey eyes and dark brown hair (more chocolate than black though) I can't really decide on my eye color because sometimes it's blue and sometimes it's a gray(most of the time grey)How did I end up with this color of gray?

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      rhiannah 4 years ago

      I have red hair and sectoral heterochromia! Having 3/4 green and 1/4 brown in one of my eyes. I'm feeling quite special!!

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      Amber 4 years ago

      Red hair & blue eyes! Whoot whoot mutants (;

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      Gervaseus Nerik 4 years ago

      I have several mutations which include but are not limited to red hair, blue eyes, and RLS. I believe my mutations help define me.

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      pearca 4 years ago

      I have red hair and blue eyes! And I love everything about it and I'm proud of who I am and wouldn't change it for anything.

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      Shannon 4 years ago

      I have red hair and blue eyes. I prefer to think of us as unique, as opposed to mutant!

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      angie! 4 years ago

      i have a best friend who has red hair and green/blue eyes (she likes to pretend they change depending on the clothes she wears). i've already known about the red hair and blue eyes being mutations, but i had no idea about the origins of the other eye colours! very cool, i'm jealous. (brown eyes, black hair, dark skin, and i still get sunburns!)

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      emilyarkangel 4 years ago

      i have blonde hair and blue eyes, they sometimes turn into a hazel. But my father had blonde hair, then turned black at age 16. mom has brown hair, and so does my grandma. everyone in my family has brown hair and eyes. so i was looked on as an angel in my family. I also love reading these articles, very interesting!

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      C-C88 4 years ago

      So interesting! I am strawberry blonde, I was born with red hair, so my mom thought I'd be a redhead, but by the time I reached 6mths-1yrs old, my hair had turned to white-blonde, with dark eyebrows & eyelashes. Once I hit around 5 or 6, it started to darken, now it is more red in the winter, and more blonde in the summer due to natural highlights. This post provided me with answers to my curiosity as to how I ended up with this hair and eye colour! My dad has blue eyes and almost black hair, and my mom has blondy-brown hair with hazel eyes. My eyes are blue, dark around the edges fading to lighter blue, but around the iris, they are yellow, so they are often mistaken as green as in colour mixing, blue and yellow make green :) I also have a genetic mutation of the eyes, causing me to have 3 rows of eyelashes instead of one, called 'distichiasis'. Elizabeth Taylor also had this condition!

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      Tiffany Francis 4 years ago

      Im fourteen and a red head with blue eyes. I always asked my parents why i have red hair and the didn't. I never knew it was a recesive gene now I'm proud to be part of only a small portion of people that get the have red hair natturally I'm so lucky. And apparently red hair runs in my family.

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      Bhavya 4 years ago

      Hey Guys... uu all r sooo lucky..... :) Well m not so, I hav black hair n brownish black eyes... :( But i'll love to marry a girl with blue/green/hazel eyes n brown/red hairs when I grow up.... :)

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Amanda,

      Well, I'm not a scientist, but I'll try!

      First of all, most people's eyes do change color. Mine are dark brown but, when I'm happy, they're almost an amber color. Hazel eyes are made up of different colors, so different light settings or even the clothes you wear can make them appear darker, lighter, blue, green or even grey.

      As for your white hairs, age really means nothing. They're white because, for some reason, they have no pigment. It doesn't mean you're old! I'm 41 and have no grey hair, yet my little brothers both had it in their late twenties.

      The important thing is that you are unique. And I bet your brown hair and hazel eyes together are very pretty. :)

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      Amanda 4 years ago

      I have Brownish/Hazel eyes :) My great Grandpa had blue eyes. My mother, green when she cries. I've never understood why... My eyes actually change color sometimes. It's odd that they turn green, but it's happened and my friend and I were amazed when we notice it. No idea why but its pretty cool! I would love to have blue eyes. Wouldn't care to be called a freak or whatever, dimples are a mutation, yet people like them. I mean, I myself don't care for them, but some of my friends do. My hair.....is weird. Since I was like 5 I can remember my mom telling me that within my brown hair I had white hairs. Of course back then I didn't care, but now I try to pull out all the white hairs I find (I'm 13) classmates have told me I have white hairs and am old or you know, typical jerks being themselves. :/ It makes me feel weird and unconfortable. I have also been told I have red hairs. Which I am cool with. Can you please do your best to explain the why I have had white hairs since probably birth and why my eyes change color?

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      ssjarkin:

      You're in good company with Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra!

      Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Shawn Jarvis 4 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting that all of us with blue eyes share a common ancestor. Great hub.

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      4 years ago

      I have curly red hair and blue green eyes but im still beautiful

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      kat For Scarede Cat 4 years ago

      I don't know if you were serious, but I'm still going to answer.

      First, people get grey hair when they get older. If they're not old, still people can get prematurely grey caused by stress for example. And people have lighter hair on top and darker under because sun lightens the top ones.

      Secondly, eye color and hair color can change when you get older, don't know why though. Like me, I had dark blue eyes and brownish curly hair when I was little, but now I have a bit lighter blue eyes and truly blonde hair. Maybe it's just that you're not fully developped when you are young, or something like that...

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      Scarede Cat 5 years ago

      I have 2 questions if someone could answer them for my curiosity ??

      1.I have seen some people with kinda grey hairs or dark yellow hairs with green shine . what's the reason for green hairs on humans. Also have seen humans with multi color hairs on same head (NO DYEING). Dark hairs underneath some light hair on top of head.

      2. Do your hair and eye color changes with age. I have seen babies with lighter eyes and hairs but they changed to darker hair and eyes as they grow older.

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      Scarede Cat 5 years ago

      Glad to hear i am the FIRST and ORIGINAL human with black hairs and black eye. All these blond are mutant, who came after me as younger humans with masks on their faces lol.

      I am 200,000 yrs old while these Maskets are just 1/20th of my age.

      I love Einstein who had black hair s and black Eyes while STUPID Hitler was blond... hahahahaha

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Charlotte,

      I honestly have no idea! If your eyes are changing color, though, you might want to tell your doctor!

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      Charlotte 5 years ago

      Ok, so I have blue eyes. But a couple of years ago I noticed one of my eyes was or rather is green. And in the the eye that remained blue there was a brown stripe right down the middle of my eye!?

      Why?

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      RiderJen,

      My hair is actually getting darker as I get older. In the winter it's almost brown and the red doesn't really come out until I'm in the sun. I kind of want it to go white instead of grey, though!

      Thank you for the comment!

      ps. Freaks are awesome! :D

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      RiderJen 5 years ago

      Interesting article, thank you for sharing that redheads aren't the only mutants, haha! As I age, my red hair has faded to strawberry blonde and many people think I'm actually blonde. I have green eyes. And, I do tan. A redhead who tans -- talk about a freak, haha!

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      brittanyy,

      I bet your eyes are beautiful, and YAY for red hair! :)

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      brittanyy 5 years ago

      I'm a double mutant! I have red hair and my right eye is blueish grey and my left eye is green!

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Chewy Mommy,

      Mutants are awesome! We all look like my daddy, too, so no mailman in our family! I love blue eyes, and really wish I had them to go with my red hair. Thank you for the comment! :)

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      Chewy Mommy 5 years ago

      My son is definitely a mutant, haha! The little guy has the most beautiful blue eyes ever, yet he has two brown eyed parents. Luckily he looks like his Daddy or people would think he was the mailman's kid ;-)

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      John-Rose:

      I'm okay with my mutant-ness. ;)

      mpropp:

      This Hub was a lot of fun to do, and I find genetics fascinating, but I sure don't have the brain for it!

      Thank you for the comments! :)

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Fascinating! I have always been interested in genes and genetic mutations. I really enjoyed the entire article, but I especially liked the eye color explanations. Really interesting stuff, thanks for sharing.

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      John-Rose 5 years ago from USA

      Maby I shouldn't have used mutant so many times in so few sentances, sorry. I love red heads. I love the word mutant as well. :) ~ John

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      John-Rose,

      I'm one of those ginger mutants... lol. It's not so bad.

      Thank you for the comment! :)

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      John-Rose 5 years ago from USA

      Love the Hub. I'm not a mutant, but I know one at work. I have heard him mention that gingers are mutations. Now I have read it on HP. This was a very interesting hub. Thank you for writing it. John

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Annie,

      If you find out, let me know. I love interesting facts! :)

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      Annie 5 years ago

      That's really interesting, this is something I now want to look into! Thanks so much :)

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Annie,

      That's a question I can't answer. I've heard of people with hazel eyes having green and red flecks, but never green. I bet they're beautiful, though. :)

      Green eyes themselves are brown with extra yellow pigment, so the red flecks could have something to do with that?

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      Annie 5 years ago

      Hi, I was wondering if red eyes would be considered a mutation as well? I have dark brown hair that shines cherry red in the sun, a medium beige complextion, and my eyes are bright green with a lot of gold and red pigment but the red really seems to stand out and I am always complimented for my eyes (someone once aaid they reminded him of christmas! lol) but I have no idea where they come from. My dad has blonde hair and blue eyes and my mom brown hair and hazel eyes. Are red pigmented eyes a mutation as well? Thanks!

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Thank you, Naseem. I totally dig my red hair! :)

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      Naseem Alam 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes !! I like Red hair.Becoz it is very attractive.

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Vpm,

      Congratulations, you won the genetic roll of the dice! Seriously, brown eyes are normal, green and blue are the exceptions.

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      Vpm 5 years ago

      My mom has green eyes and my dad has light brown eyes.me and my little brother both have brown eyes.why?if all of my moms side of the family have either blue of green eyes.

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      DayDreamingKitten:

      I do feel your pain. I've never had a tan in my life!

      Thank you for commenting! :)

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      DayDreamingKitten 5 years ago

      i have blondeish/reddish hair. strawberry blonde i suppose. with easily burnable skin and blue/grey eyes. TTwTT only thing i dislike is the amount of body hair... x_x *not a happy girl*

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Kureha Hana:

      I always wanted blue eyes. I'm glad you're cool with it! :)

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      Kureha Hana 5 years ago

      I am a red head with blue eyes, but I am fine with it...

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Danielle:

      I come from a long line of redheads, so I'm in good mutant company! Totally okay with it!

      Thanks for commenting! :)

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      Danielle 5 years ago

      This info is true. I'm ok being a mutant! I have blue eyes, brown hair and fair skin. The only ones who are not mutants are the people with the darkest complexions; thank you!

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      J,

      It sounds like you're working harder to convince yourself than the rest of us. ;)

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      David J Beatty,

      I would have answered your comment sooner but, for some reason, it came across as spam. Not that I think you're spammy or anything!

      To answer your question, you will have to look back further than your father and mother. Both of my parents have dark eyes and dark brown hair. I have red hair and brown eyes, my oldest younger brother has brown hair and hazel eyes and my youngest brother has brown hair and brown eyes. I'm very fair skinned and my brothers tan easily. We do look enough alike that, when we're standing side by side, you can tell that we are somehow related.

      My father's family has tons of redheads, so that's where I'm sure I got it from. The hazel eyes my brother has are also prevalent on my daddy's side of the family. My mother was adopted, so we have no idea what traits her birth family carried.

      It all comes down to genetics. Or, rather, recessive genes and probability. Somewhere in your family tree are the genes that make you and your brothers and sisters appearances so different.

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      5 years ago

      Mutant.... I am no mutant.

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      David J Beatty. 5 years ago

      Hi Georgie,

      I found this article very interesting.

      I am a 31 yr old Irish man born 4th eldest to 11 siblings, 12 in total including myself. 6 boys and 6 girls.

      My father has jet black curly hair and these really piersing bark Hazel like eyes and although he is 100% Irish he has a very dark skin almost meditarain and is only 5'4'' tall . My eldest sister has the same hair and almost as close as you could get with the eye color but very white skin.

      My mother has brown hair and blue eyes and she's tall at 5'9''.

      What I have always found strange in my family is that 6 of my brothers and sisters have blond hair and blue eyes and mostly very pale skin but go a nice light golden brown in the sun. The other 5 of us 3 girls 2 boys have brown hair like my mothers and 3 of us with blue eyes and and 2 (each male and female) have green eyes. 6 of us small and 6 tall but all a lot taller then our father. Half of us seem to have a very broad and natural muscle that not one of our cousins uncles etc have. How is it do you think that we all look the same with our owen different features but we all have different mutations. My neices and nephews all have the same blond/brown hair and blue/brown eyes.

      My question there is how does this work?

      Look forward to your reply.

      Thanks.

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Darby,

      I'm a mutant too. Red hair. Welcome to the club! :)

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      Darby 5 years ago

      Im a double mutant. I have red hair and blue eyes :(

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Hi Kathy!

      I'm a red haired mutant that got stuck with brown eyes. I always wanted green!

      I love learning about things like this, and I'm glad you liked the Hub. Thanks for the comment! :)

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very interesting, nice to know I'm a mutant! :) Blue eyes REALLY run in my family, our boys both have 'em and so do both grand daughters. This was really fascinating! Our neighbor in Wisconsin had a husky type of dog with one blue eye and one brown. I always thought that looked so interesting! Thanks for the useful information! : )