But I can't help thinking that the doctors are just making up tests for the sake of it now.
After all, what possible reason could someone have for having a test done to find out the likelihood of their baby being red headed? And yet it looks like it's only a matter of time before this will be on offer. Doctors in the UK are offering DNA tests for couples that will tell whether both parents have the recessive "red-haired" gene, which would give their kids a one-in-two chance of being a carrier of the gene themselves, and a one-in-four chance of actually being red headed. Of course, the odds would be different if one of the parents was actually red haired themselves.
Does anyone else think this might just be another money sink. An expensive, unnecessary test that the doctors can charge an arm and a leg for? Because I really can't see any other reason for its existence. It'd be like having a test done to find out if your kid will have curly hair ... mildly interesting, but hardly worth the money you'd have to lay out to have it done.
Or is it really that big of a deal to have a red haired kid? And if it is, is it a good deal or a bad deal? I know historically that red haired people have been given a pretty bad rap, what with expressions like "beat him like a red headed step child", or the more recent (and disgusting) Kick A Ginger Day. Personally, I always assumed that red hair was something people wanted to have, at least if the number who get it dyed that colour is anything to go by.
But the whole thing reminded me of a song by Tim Minchin, an amazing Australian comedy singer, who just happens to be red headed and felt the need to express his feeling about it via the medium of funny song.
Well I've learned my lesson. No more using the G word from now on, I promise!