Do children born to cousins (brothers' children) carry a fear of producing defective future generations?
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... the experience of researchers at Bradford Teaching Hospital suggests a more serious situation.
The hospital, which serves a community with a large Pakistani population, reports an unusually high rate of inherited gene disorders. Researchers estimate the rate of birth defects is 10 times higher than in the general population, spokeswoman Leanne Wilson said in a statement.
High rates of deafness, degenerative nerve disorders and children born with small heads and learning disabilities have been found, she said. The statement said marriage patterns among Pakistanis are likely to be a major factor in the rate.
Alastair Kent, director of the Genetic Interest Group in London, said the study was important because it quantified the elevated risk. The research is quite robust and it was pe ...more