The Chemistry of Redheads 

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Reactions Science Videos | March 14, 2017

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.

Sources:

Melanin Structures: http://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/17/5/74...
MC1R Gene Melanocytes: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/MC1R
The Effects of Red Hair in Surgury: http://www.bmj.com/bmj/section-pdf/18...
Redheads and pain: http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/...
Chemistry of Hair color: https://sites.duke.edu/thepepproject/...
Melanin: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...
Types of melanin: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2...
Pheomelanin: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2...
MC1R Variants: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10...
Skin pigmentation and evolution: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...
MC1R Mutations - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...
Chemistry of Hair: http://www.texascollaborative.org/hil...
Redhead heat sensitivity: http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/...
MC1R and Nociception: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...
Redhead project: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/geneti...

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