Title

Consanguinity and its relevance to clinical genetics

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Biomedical and Sports Science

RAS ID

695

Comments

Originally published as: Bittles, A. H. (2001). Consanguinity and its relevance to clinical genetics. Clinical genetics, 60(2), 89-98. Original article available here

Abstract

Marriage between close biological relatives is generally regarded with suspicion and distaste within Western society, reflecting historical and religious prejudice. By comparison, in many other populations there is a strong preference for consanguineous unions, most frequently contracted between first cousins, and marriage outside the family is perceived as a risky and disruptive option. The increasing importance of the genetic contribution to the overall disease profile in both developed and developing countries has highlighted potential problems associated with detrimental recessive gene expression in consanguineous progeny. This review examines the outcomes of consanguineous unions, with proposals as to how the ongoing preference for consanguinity in many communities can best be accommodated from a clinical genetics perspective.

DOI

10.1034/j.1399-0004.2001.600201.x

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1034/j.1399-0004.2001.600201.x