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St. Paddy's Day is just around the corner, and so instead of celebrating with a glass of green beer, these year we decided to take a closer, chemical look into what makes redheads stand out from the crowd. It might surprise you to know that it's not just those fiery locks that make them stand out form the crowd.

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Writer/Producer: Kirk Zamieroski

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Ian J. Jackson, Ph.D.
William P. Pavan, Ph.D.
Rick A. Sturm, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Kyle Nackers

Sources:
melanin structures
http://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/17/5/746/htm

MC1R Gene Melanocytes - https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/MC1R

The Effects of Red Hair in Surgury - http://www.bmj.com/bmj/section-pdf/186171?path=/bmj/341/7786/Surgery.full.pdf

Redheads and pain - http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/article.aspx?articleid=1942394

Chemistry of Hair color - https://sites.duke.edu/thepepproject/module-2-drug-testing-a-hair-brained-idea/content-background-the-chemistry-of-hair-and-hair-color/

Melanin - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671032/

Types of melanin - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2071942

Pheomelanin - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2071942

MC1R Variants - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.23396/full

Skin pigmentation and evolution - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3267121/

MC1R Mutations - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1180688/

Chemistry of Hair http://www.texascollaborative.org/hildasustaita/module%20files/topic3.htm

Redhead heat sensitivity - http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/article.aspx?articleid=1942394

MC1R and Nociception - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1692342/

Redhead project - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/genetic-ancestry/guff_pages/guff_documents/Red-Head_Project.pdf

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