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#1 We have seen a lot of things of this nature in some Alaska villages, where the gene pool was limited for a number of years.
The cure, of course, is to stop procreating children between cousins (sort of incest lite), but that is a hurdle that will have to overcome the culture. Good luck with that one.
Posted by Alaska Paul 2011-04-22 03:19||
#2 The problem is not so much one generation of first cousin marriage. It is generation after generation of first cousin marriage.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2011-04-22 07:41||
#3 The problem is a refusal to understand cause & effect. Most other human cultures figured this out millennia ago.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2011-04-22 07:50||
#4 when the family tree looks like a stick....
Posted by Frank G 2011-04-22 08:29||
#5 He said in western countries pre-marriage disease screening was a routine to save the next generation from a genetic disease.
IOW: "Are you first cousins or closer? Yes? Then get over your social fears and find someone else to marry."
Posted by gorb 2011-04-22 09:57||
#6 just let them alone to continue with their aniamlistic mating practices. Its suites them fine and is yet another reminder of the power of karma.
Posted by 746 2011-04-22 12:17||
#7 The case of Charles II of Spain (1661-1700) illustrates the consequences of about a century of inbreeding:
"Dating to approximately the year 1550, outbreeding in Charles II's lineage had ceased. From then on, all his ancestors were in one way or another descendants of Joanna the Mad and Philip I of Castile, and among these just the royal houses of Spain, Austria and Bavaria. Charles II's genome was actually more homozygous than that of an average child whose parents are siblings. He was born physically and mentally disabled, and disfigured." link
In all likelihood cousin marriage has been a cultural tradition of this 'Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa tribe' for far longer than a century. I wouldn't be surprised if, like Charles II, all the members of this tribe were more homozygous than the offspring of siblings in the general gene pool.
Posted by Gremp Fillmore4930 2011-04-22 14:47||
#8 Woes of marriage between cousins
"His family tree don't fork."
Posted by Barbara Skolaut 2011-04-22 15:12||
#9 One of the unexpected benefits of 19th Century railroad expansion was the ability to move to pools beyond the 20 miles that most people spent their lifetimes around for most of human history. Even a hundred years ago, most people lived in towns, villages, and in the rural countryside. Urbanization which we take for granted is only something very recent except for those rare points in history of the rise and fall of empires.
Posted by Procopius2k 2011-04-22 15:49||
#10 Hybrid vigor. That's the USA.
Posted by KBK 2011-04-22 21:15||
#11 Mongrels do have advantages, y'know.
Posted by Pappy 2011-04-22 21:34||