28/12/2008

Nothing wrong with cousins getting married.

It was a commonly held belief that marriages between first cousins produced genetically defective children.

An international team led by Professor Diane Paul of Massachusetts University and Hamish Spencer of the University of Otago in New Zealand, has determined that the risk however is exaggerated.

According to them, the risk of giving birth to babies with genetic defects because of wedlock between first cousins is no greater than that run by women over 40 who become pregnant.

It will do well to remember that the research said that defective births are few in comparison to risk of defective birth run by pregnant women over 40’s. Accordingly, before declaring the laws banning first-cousin marriages it will be good if some on compared the risks with those of couples who married outside their family in general.

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