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The genetic impossibility that is Ben Skywalker? - moonspinner
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The genetic impossibility that is Ben Skywalker?


Red hair is a recessive gene. For Ben to have the colour hair that he does, Luke Skywalker needs to have a red-headed parent or grandparent, and he doesn't. 

So either Ben Skywalker is Mara and Luke's imaginary son or... Luke is not his father!

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laariii From: laariii Date: October 6th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
maybe the midichlorians had red hair?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 6th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL!

Good try but no. Even if the midichlorians had red-hair, it was Anakin's dominant blonde hair genes that were passed on to Luke, and he got recessive genes from his mother's line. Now if Leia had a red-headed child, it would make sense, because she got Padme's brunette hair (and presumably, a recessive hair gene from Anakin).

wendynat From: wendynat Date: October 6th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Red hair's not recessive, actually, it's an incomplete dominant. Which is why you see it mixed with other colors so often (strawberry blonde, auburn, etc). So it's possible for Mara and Luke's son to have red/blond or some shade of strawberry blond hair (which is what this pic looks like).
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 6th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK. That makes sense.



Rats!
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: October 6th, 2006 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
What about great-grandparents? Say Padmé's Granny Naberrie was a red-head; her father has the gene, but it's not expressed because the dark is dominant; she has the gene, but the dark is dominant, Luke has but it's not expressed, Ben gets Luke's gene for red hair and nother from Mara, voila!

The really odd thing in the Skywalkers is the blond sons of dark mothers. The midiclorians are evidently blond.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 6th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*thinks* It's a workable theory. Rats! I was hoping to hatch a "You're not his father!" bunny from that pet theory.

The midiclorians are evidently blond.

I think it's the Grecian god thing - deities seem to prefer blonde haired and blue-eyes.
missizzy From: missizzy Date: October 6th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blonde midichlorians? There's a scary thought.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 7th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 9th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
By the way, that is a lovely icon! :D
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: October 7th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Picky-picky. :p

Maybe genes in that galaxy far, far, away don't work like they do here. Or something to that effect.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 8th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey it's my journal, I can pick on anyone I want! :p
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: October 8th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well if you're that serious about it, write to someone at Dark Horse comics or the Lucasfilm folks and ask about Ben's hair. You may actually get an answer.

BTW, Luke's hair is actually pretty brown through-out most of the movies, have you noticed? The Skywalkers are probably not really blonds, the Tatooine suns just faded their hair to that color.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 9th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! No, I don't need to go that far. :p Stirring up a few feathers here and there in the fandom is enough for me. ;)
From: bobill Date: October 7th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
PLOT HOLE! Have you ever seen Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella? An African American woman + a white dude give birth to a Chinese prince. I always found that amusing.

But yeah, genes actually can't say exactly what's going to happen. There's like an effectiveness percentage, I think... Like there are some flies in the desert that technically should not have wings, but they do; otherwise they'd shrivel and die. So... Either the Force is a redhead, or Ben has this dire need of survival that forces him to overcome is probabilty to be a boring blond/brunette, and have flaming hair. I'm guessing the need starts with an 'f' and ends in 'angirls'.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 8th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessing the need starts with an 'f' and does with a 'angirls.'

Lol! So true. And yes, I've watched the Cinderella. Really made me laugh. :D
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