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    MELBOURNE: The belief that babies born to first-cousins will suffer from some kind of deformities is all a myth, say researchers in Australia.

    According to an earlier Australian research published in 2001, babies born to first-cousins are nearly three times more likely to have serious birth defects. But professor Alan Bittles, a director at the Centre for Comparative Genomics at Murdoch University, who has spent 30 years researching the topic, says most children born to first cousins are healthy.

    "In western culture there is a general belief that first cousin marriages lead to negative genetic outcomes, yet a large majority of children born to first cousins are healthy," he said.

    Bittles reviewed 48 studies from 11 countries and found that the risks of birth defects rose from about 2% in the general population to 4% in consanguineous or same blood couples.

    He found that only 1.2% suffered higher infant mortality rates, a find similar to another review from 2002 that suggested first-cousin children are less than 3% more likely to have genetic deformities.
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    Re: cousins can have healthy kids

    I think issues come when cousins marry cousins, whose kids marry their cousins, etc. etc. etc.

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    • #3
      Re: cousins can have healthy kids

      hassan and hussein were very healthy
      .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
      نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
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      • #4
        My aunt was married to her cousin and the first child born was abnormal. She died at the age of 7 or 10, don't know the exact date. And now, when my aunt's son married to her cousin, their baby is also suffering from some illness. May Allah give him good health, ameen. Plz pray for the baby. He's just 2 yrs old.

        I think only the first child has problems.
        Last edited by Awaaz; 05-06-08, 03:46 PM.
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        Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?

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        • #5
          Re: cousins can have healthy kids

          Originally posted by shariff2 View Post
          I think issues come when cousins marry cousins, whose kids marry their cousins, etc. etc. etc.
          I agree.
          The Lyme Disease pandemic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u73ME4sVU

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          • #6
            Re: cousins can have healthy kids

            Genetic testing before marriage would allow a couple to discover if their combined genetic pool has a potential for inherent defects.

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            • #7
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              i guess the hassan and hussein reply went over everyone's head
              .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
              نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
              دولة الإسلامية باقية





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              • #8
                Re: cousins can have healthy kids

                Originally posted by Awaaz View Post
                My aunt was married to her cousin and the first child born was abnormal. She died at the age of 7 or 10, don't know the exact date. And now, when my aunt's son married to her cousin, their baby is also suffering from some illness. May Allah give him good health, ameen. Plz pray for the baby. He's just 2 yrs old.
                Ameen to the dua.
                'Nor say of anything,"I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow" without adding, " if Allah (SWT) Wills" (18:23-24)

                QuranExplorer.com, where you can Listen to the Holy Recitation and Translation online in Arabic and English : http://www.quranexplorer.com/quran/ :)

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                • #9
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                  ^^ I don't think it did but I think the problem stems from when you have generations and generations of intermarrying with cousins which is when you begin to see problems occuring.
                  What does 'freedom' mean?

                  Does the eagle want to swim in the sea,
                  Restricted by the sky?

                  Does the fish want to dance on the wind,
                  Not enough river to explore?

                  Yet the sky is freedom for the bird
                  but death for the fish,

                  The sea is wide for the fish
                  but will engulf the bird.

                  We ask for freedom but freedom to do what?
                  We can only express our nature as it was created.

                  The prayer mat of the earth is freedom,
                  freedom from slavery to other than the One,
                  Who offers an shoreless ocean of love to swim in
                  and a horizon that extends to the next life,
                  Yet we chose the prison and call it freedom.

                  “All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment, but in the adult they are destined to become.” Donate today! http://campaign.justgiving.com/chari...iyahschool2015

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                  • #10
                    Re: cousins can have healthy kids

                    may allah have mercy upon the baby...

                    but in general, I think its a myth, most of my relatives (But not me) were the product of cousin marriages, and I;ve only seen one with an abnormality
                    May Allah Bless Us All.

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                    • #11
                      Re: cousins can have healthy kids

                      Marrying first cousins
                      What does 'freedom' mean?

                      Does the eagle want to swim in the sea,
                      Restricted by the sky?

                      Does the fish want to dance on the wind,
                      Not enough river to explore?

                      Yet the sky is freedom for the bird
                      but death for the fish,

                      The sea is wide for the fish
                      but will engulf the bird.

                      We ask for freedom but freedom to do what?
                      We can only express our nature as it was created.

                      The prayer mat of the earth is freedom,
                      freedom from slavery to other than the One,
                      Who offers an shoreless ocean of love to swim in
                      and a horizon that extends to the next life,
                      Yet we chose the prison and call it freedom.

                      “All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment, but in the adult they are destined to become.” Donate today! http://campaign.justgiving.com/chari...iyahschool2015

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                      • #12
                        Re: cousins can have healthy kids

                        Originally posted by Awaaz View Post
                        My aunt was married to her cousin and the first child born was abnormal. She died at the age of 7 or 10, don't know the exact date. And now, when my aunt's son married to her cousin, their baby is also suffering from some illness. May Allah give him good health, ameen. Plz pray for the baby. He's just 2 yrs old.

                        I think only the first child has problems.
                        It is not only a cousin phenomena:

                        A couple I met while my son was in a special ed program for children aged 0-3 had one son (born in 1993) who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

                        They went to genetic counselors the next year, and were assured that there was no genetic reason for them to worry about having more children.

                        A healthy daughter was born in 1995. :)

                        That is when we met the lovely family.

                        The mother gave birth in 1996 to a baby boy.

                        As he grew, she noticed he was not meeting certain developmental benchmarks, just as his brother had not.

                        Her husband was sure she was just being paranoid.

                        Her doctors thought she was seeing things.

                        After some time passed, the son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, though not as profound a case as his older brother.

                        The couple went in for genetic testing again, and a gene marker was found which the mother carried, which showed she would likely produce males with cerebral palsy.

                        The genetic testing had advanced in those few years to allow this discovery.

                        The couple chose not to conceive again.

                        Thankfully, the healthy daughter now knows that she too carries that marker, so she can plan her own future accordingly. :up:

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                        • #13
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                          we have to be careful from adopting the mindset of the kuffar

                          it will destroy our tawakkul
                          .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
                          نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
                          دولة الإسلامية باقية





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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by AbuMubarak View Post
                            it will destroy our tawakkul
                            We shouldn't just ignore risks as if nothing would happen, nor should we become paranoid/obsessive over it. Rather it would make more sense to be aware of the risks, weigh them up and act accordingly. Tie your camel, then trust in Allah (swt).
                            The Lyme Disease pandemic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u73ME4sVU

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                            • #15
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                              so you describe the behavior of our Prophet as risky???
                              .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
                              نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
                              دولة الإسلامية باقية





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