Red-haired age faster than Brunettes and Blondes

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An international team of scientists studied the order of how thousands of Dutch people grow old.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, together with experts from China and the UK. Total outward signs of aging of 2.7 thousand residents of the Netherlands were analyzed.

Scientists have discovered that people who have had multiple variations in the MC1R gene often looked older. This gene is responsible for the synthesis of melanin, as well as red-haired color, pale skin and its sensitivity. After the visual examination of individual volunteers it turned out that people with red hair on the average looked two years older than their real age was.

At the same time the results of the analysis were not affected with the sex, age and duration of exposure to the sun of participants.


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