NATIONAL DESK | April 4, 2002, Thursday
Few Risks Seen To The Children Of 1st Cousins
~ by DENISE GRADY (NYT)
Late Edition - Final, Section A, Page 1, Column 3
New report says first cousins can have children together
without great risk of birth defects or genetic disease.
Contrary to widely held beliefs and longstanding taboos in America;
scientists report first cousins are somewhat more likely than
unrelated parents to have a child with a serious birth defect,
mental retardation or genetic disease, but their increased
risk is nowhere near as large as most people think.
Dr Arno Motulsky, senior author of report, notes that unrelated
people with genetic disorders have far higher levels of risk than
first cousins, and they have children; says
laws against cousin marriage should be abolished;
24 states have laws forbidding such marriages, and 7 states have
limits like requiring genetic counseling; no countries in Europe
have such prohibitions; in parts of Middle East, Africa and Asia,
marriages between cousins are considered preferable.
Report is in latest issue of
"The Journal of Genetic Counseling."
To read the complete article
What's the difference between a 1st or 2nd cousin
and a cousin once or twice "removed?"
THE QUICK ANSWER:
"Cousins" are of the same generation.
"Cousins removed" are of different generations.
THE DETAILED ANSWER:
(including charts and other family relationships)
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~ by Duane F. Alwin firstname.lastname@example.org
[Duane F. Alwin is Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan,
where he teaches social psychology, the family and research methods.
In his spare time he actively pursues the history of his own family.]
precise than others. We often use the word in a general way to refer
to any collaterally related persons more distant than siblings who
share a common ancestor. When we want to be more specific, we use
the term in a different way: cousins (or first cousins) are the children
of siblings. That is to say, the children of my aunts and uncles
are my first cousins.
Second cousins, on the other hand, are the children of first cousins,
The degree of cousinness, thus, simply follows generational lines,
I have always gotten a kick out of telling people that I am a cousin
Matings between cousins are called consanguineal, meaning that the
In many societies, including our own, marriages between first cousins,
(even if she is thy cousin)
~ by David L. Brooks email@example.com
Taken from RootsWeb Review, Vol. 5, No. 21, 22 May 2002
"Rootsweb Review's Bottomless Mailbag"
derived much pleasure from the visits of other "old-timers." Much to
my youthful disgust, they would sit for seemingly endless hours and
talk about their parents, grandparents, cousins, and uncles and aunts,
as well as all the kinfolks of the neighbors.
Never in my remotest dreams did it ever occur to me that I should have
Early in my quest for information about my progenitors, I became
First, there just were not many people from whom to select a marriage
From the studies I have made thus far in my embryonic genealogical
Having no expertise in the field of genetics, I cannot say if the many
A couple who expects to combine their talents and genes to produce
of the overall
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