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Thursday 21 August 2014

Young Scientist: Are redheads more hypermobile?

Tara Matthews

Ever want to know if redheads had a greater than average flexibility in their joints? Well, 16-year-old Tara Matthews did and experimented with some local primary school pupils to find out.

"People that I studied showed that they were hypermobile or were likely to by hypermobile," the Seamount College pupil said.

"For every red head I tested, I tested another child.

"It was a weird sort of question to ask the principals if it was okay to do that and then to ask the parents if it was okay to test their kids. Some of them were a bit sceptical."

The testing involved a flexibility survey and written survey for the children to take.

"It was good fun to do so I'm happy," she said.

Ms Matthews said she would like to win an award for her work, but she's not sure what way the awards will go.

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