Solving the Ginger mystery

A teenager has built a DNA machine what ever that is in order to find out why his brother is a soul-less mutant day-walker:

Fred and the soul-less day walker Gus Turner

Fred and the soul-less day walker Gus Turner

A TEENAGE boffin built a DNA tester in his bedroom to find out why his younger brother is ginger.

Fred Turner, 17, set out to uncover the mutated gene that causes Gus’s shock of red hair – to prove a point to friends who joked they can’t possibly have the same father.

Fred, from Brighourse, West Yorks. said: “After years of jokes from my friends saying me and Gus have different dads, I built the machine to test once and for all why my brother is ginger and I’m not.

“The theory is that red hair appears in people with a mutated gene. They have two copies of a recessive gene which causes a mutation in the MC1R protein in DNA.” 

The schoolboy built the machine using components from an old VCR, adding resistors, transistors and wire and soldering all the electronics by hand.

He took a swab of saliva from Gus’s cheek and put it in the contraption, which is known as a Polymerase Chain Reaction machine.

It acted like a “DNA photocopier”, amplifying it so it can be analysed.

He sent the DNA sample to a lab to be analysed and results proved once and for all that Gus does have the ginger gene.

Fred submitted his £400 contraption to the Young Engineer of the Year competition in London last month and was thrilled when judges awarded him the top gong.

May be he could find a cure for Gingervitis or a way to give them souls:


Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

32%