It's time to bust the lid off of some common misconceptions about recessive genes. First of all, when you hear the term "recessive genes," you probably think of physical characteristics in humans that are less common. But that's the wrong way to look at things. It's true that many recessive traits tend to be less common, but the fact is that many important and "normal" human features you see every day are actually recessive! And we've got a list of recessive human genes to prove it.
It works like this: a recessive genome is one that only manifests itself when there is no dominant gene present. For example, if your mom had red hair and your dad had black hair, then you're going to have black hair because that color hair is the dominant one. However, if both your parents have red hair, you're going to have red hair! As it turns out, many traits we now take for granted are so common that the dominant gene is either not around as much or gone altogether. A few of the most common recessive genes in humans are even ones you would think are dominant.But let's see if we can surprise you a little. Think you can guess the most common recessive human genes? Take a look at our recessive human genes list, and see if we're able to shock you within the first five traits.