2012-05-03. Island’s Genetic Quirk: Dark Skin, Blond Hair

posted May 23, 2012, 11:16 AM by Lisa Ou   [ updated May 23, 2012, 11:16 AM ]
 | by SINDYA N. BHANOO, The NY Times. An article relevant to GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 4. Excerpt: In the Solomon Islands, about 10 percent of the dark-skinned indigenous people have strikingly blond hair. Some islanders theorize that the coloring could be a result of excess sun exposure, or a diet rich in fish. Another explanation is that the blondness was inherited from distant ancestors — European traders and explorers who came to the islands. About 10 percent of indigenous people in the Solomon Islands have a gene variant for blond hair. But that’s not the case… The gene variant responsible for blond hair in the islanders is distinctly different from the gene that causes blond hair in Europeans…. Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/science/another-genetic-quirk-of-the-solomon-islands-blond-hair.html?_r=2&ref=science