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From: Gordon Banks <>
Subject: Re: Scottish Tribes of Jewish Origin
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 12:12:12 -0800
Yes, it is a single gene. No, having red hair doesn't mean you are Irish
or Jewish or anything else, but that you have the gene. Please read the
article that I posted the link to earlier today.
On Tue, 2004-11-16 at 11:24, wrote:
> "I think that is is almost certain that a person with the genes for red hair and light colored skin will have more descendants of similar coloration, than will a person with the genes for dark hair and dark skin."
> First are you sure that having red hair is controlled by a single gene? Let us suppose that it is and that red hair is a recessive characteristic. That gene can be easily destroyed within two generations. However some people will have you believe that a specific trait like this can pass down dozens of generations intact. That is just facile.
> It's called the "shortcut" to actually doing genealogy. I have red hair! I must be Irish! I have a dark complexion! I must be part American Indian!
> It not correct genetics and its even worse genealogy.