A guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show has demanded a DNA test from his ex girlfriend, purely on the grounds that her baby has ginger hair when neither of them shares the trait.
On the show that went out on the 26th January, Jeremy Kyle introduced the situation along with Charmaine, mum-of-two. She suggesting that her ex Gareth wanted a DNA test because he did not believe her seven month-old son Damien was his, simply because he had slightly ginger hair.
To add to the drama she also accused Gareth of drug dealing and claimed he could not go more than two hours without smoking cannabis. She added: “You take that much weed, you can’t even get stoned anymore.”
Drug testing had been conducted earlier by the show so they were able to reveal that Gareth was taking more than just Cannabis. Jeremy said: “Would you allow a man who takes cocaine, a valium-type tranquiliser and cannabis near that child?”
Gareth did not seem to want to win the host over either saying that he hated the show, finding it hard to cope with, especially when having to listen to Charmaine at the same time. In fact, Gareth was not winning anyone over, as he admitted he does not even know Damien’s birthday.
The results of the paternity test revealed that Gareth was indeed the child’s father. On hearing the news he then promised to turn his life around.
Hopefully Gareth learnt a valuable lesson of how red hair can be carried within our DNA, with neither parent necessarily needing to have ginger hair to have red-haired children. It is certainly not a rare enough occurrence to warrant such great suspicions of paternity on its own.
The science bit
Alphabiolabs’ DNA testing expertise is at hand to help people (especially Gareth) understand how genetics can effect people’s hair colour. Our head of DNA Richard Bellis is here to help explain this particular case.
He explains that having ginger hair is controlled by a particular gene (the MC1R gene). In certain people variations of the gene, called an allele, can be carried by someone even if they do not have red hair themselves. Richard says: “For a person to have red hair they need two copies of the recessive allele. A recessive allele makes a person a carrier but to show the characteristic, two copies of the allele, one on each chromosome, are required.”
He added: “A person with one red hair allele is a carrier but would not normally have red hair. People with red hair will almost always have two copies of the recessive red hair allele.”
But a child having red hair is not guaranteed just because the parents have these recessive variations either. Richard explained: “Two parents who don’t have red hair but are both carriers of the red hair allele have a 25% chance of having a child with red hair.”
The Jeremy Kyle Show trusts AlphaBiolabs with all of its DNA testing and with over 10 years of experience and vast knowledge from experts like Richard at our disposal, you can certainly see why.