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Can a grey eyed mother and a blue eyed father have a brown eyed son?

Asked by ArtiqueFox (974points) February 20th, 2010

This is hypothetical. It’s a spin off from my last question.

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galileogirl's avatar

What color are tthe mailman’s eyes?

chyna's avatar

Apparently it is, as my parents were blue eyed and grey eyed and I am a brown eyed child.
I have always questioned this myself. And my eyes are very dark brown, not a light brown.

dpworkin's avatar

Sure. Eye color is a polygenic phenomenon, and brown might show up somewhere in anyone’s genotype. Ancestry goes back a long way.

KhiaKarma's avatar

I think brown is dominant, so yes….not sure about a blue eyed kid with brown eyed parents, though…. (grey eyes?)

CaptainHarley's avatar

Yes, provided both have recessive genes for brown eyes.

CharlieGirl's avatar

Genetics are very interesting.You already know that the answer is yes.

Dilettante's avatar

@galileogirl That was really wild!—The minute I read the question, I immediately clicked on it to answer: “What color were the mailman’s eyes?” And there was your answer, staring at me…the exact words. It was a momentary kind of “reverse deja vu” thing. heh heh heh.
This is too much of a coincidence, we must be meant for each other. It is fate. BTW, what sign are you? LOL

AstroChuck's avatar

@dpworkin- Not true. Blue plus blue always equals blue (or variants of; green, hazel, gray…, but never brown).
Blue eyes are recessive. Therefore if the father has blue eyes and if the gray eyes on the mother are really bluish-gray there can be no brown-eyed child from that coupling because neither parent carries the gene for brown eyes. Brown is dominant so if the gray eyes are actually brownish-gray then it certainly would be possible.

@galileogirl- They’re blue.

CaptainHarley's avatar


Quoting Professor Moran: “One of the most puzzling aspects of eye color genetics is accounting for the birth of brown-eyed children to blue-eyed parents. This is a real phenomenon and not just a case of mistaken fatherhood. Based on the simple two-factor model, we can guess that the parents in this case are probably bbGg with a shift toward the lighter side of a light hazel eye color. The child is bbGG where the presence of two G alleles will confer a brown eye color under some circumstances.”

ucme's avatar

Was this a Dolly Parton track?

thriftymaid's avatar

It’s possible.

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