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Old 12-14-2018, 10:44 AM
 
Location: OHIO
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I do. My parents don't have them, but my paternal grandpa does and maternal grandma does.
A few of us cousins, on both sides, have the blue eye/lighter hair combo.
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Old 12-14-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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When my kids were in high school, their biology classes did a family survey of homozygous recessive traits. From widow's peaks to hitchhiker's thumb to dimples, we had a recessive hit rate of something like 80% of them.
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Old 12-14-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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My son is Swedish/English with blue eyes and medium blond hair. His wife is Puerto Rican of Spanish ancestry. I think there isnít a blue eye anywhere in her family, yet their child has white blond hair and blue eyes. I thought brown was dominent.
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Old 12-14-2018, 11:57 AM
 
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The simplest explanation for this is that your grandchild's mother is heterozygous dominant for brown hair rather than homozygous dominant, meaning that she passed along the recessive trait while not displaying it herself. Eye color can a bit more complex, but the simplest explanation is likely true there, too.
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Old 12-14-2018, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Everyone in my family has blue or blue-ish eyes - a couple of people have more of a gray/blue or silverish color, as opposed to a bright blue.
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Old 12-14-2018, 12:02 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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The simplest explanation for this is that your grandchild's mother is heterozygous dominant for brown hair rather than homozygous dominant, meaning that she passed along the recessive trait while not displaying it herself. Eye color can a bit more complex, but the simplest explanation is likely true there, too.
Her mother and grandmother, the Spanish side, have reddish blond hair, so perhaps they have some blue eyes somewhere.
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Old 12-14-2018, 12:05 PM
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Location: Denver area
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Good to see a few others here. I have dark blue eyes and am the only one in my family to have them as far as I know. Have only ever had 2 women say they loved my eyes tho and one of them was my aunt... But the other...ooo-lah-lah...lol!


The fact that they think we all came from one ancestor is what I found most interesting in the article. That would be something else. Some caveman somewhere was great grand pappy to all of us. Ha!
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Old 12-14-2018, 12:15 PM
 
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Both of my parents had blue eyes, and of course all seven of their children did, too.

The grandchildren are a mixed bag as several of my siblings have brown-eyed spouses: ten blue-eyed grandkids, four brown-eyed.

However, of the current seven great-grandchildren, only two have blue eyes. So the blue gene is gradually getting covered up.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I like to joke I am a walkjng set of recessive genes, the blue eyed one isn’t one of them. I do have some light eyed relatives but as a black person, obviously the odds of blue eyes are kinda slim.

I am nearsighted with a cleft chin, attached ear lobes, and type o blood. All other recessive genes.
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Old 12-14-2018, 04:21 PM
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Location: Denver area
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I like to joke I am a walkjng set of recessive genes, the blue eyed one isnít one of them. I do have some light eyed relatives but as a black person, obviously the odds of blue eyes are kinda slim.

I am nearsighted with a cleft chin, attached ear lobes, and type o blood. All other recessive genes.

Met a black woman at work awhile back who wore blue contacts once. OMG; dah...reamy! She looked great w/out them but that was quite striking.


I am also nearsighted w/ O blood so w/ the blues I guess I hit the recessive trifecta.
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