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Marrying Your First Cousin- The Devil Is A Lie!
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Science says it's fine to marry your first cousin.

(RNN) – After studying the genealogy of 13 million relatives, scientists determined that only social norms are keeping people from marrying their first cousins and having children because genetically, it’s not that different from having children with a more distant relative.

Scientists from across the world answered several questions on family and relationships – for instance, genetics only determines about 16 percent of a person’s lifespan – by studying data from millions of online genealogy profiles.

Their paper, published last Thursday in Science, also shed light on when and why marrying your first cousin became taboo.

In the 1700s, people typically married a fourth cousin, but starting around 1850, they began marrying more distant relatives, according to Science.

About 15 years later, by the end of the Civil War, many states began outlawing cousin marriages, Popular Science reports. Today, these marriages are banned in 24 states and allowed in 20. The last six pose various restrictions on the practice.

Yaniv Erlich, a Columbia University data scientist who devised the study, believes this changing social norm pushed people to look outside their surroundings and families for partners.

By 1950, married couples were, on average, seventh cousins, Erlich says, and that has lasted to modern times.

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OriginalJimmySmith commented on Friday, Mar 09, 2018 at 14:38 PM

Do you suppose this practice has had anything to do with dumb -ing down the gene pool.

Maybe that has happened because the people have yielded to the government and allowed excessive public assistance as they have become porch monkeys as well as spending the days sitting at the gazebo and enjoying their welfare.

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