title: 'Higher risk of birth defects in children born to first cousins' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:
- lifestyle tag:
- Pakistani community 'Post Type':
Marriage between first cousins doubles the risk of children being born with birth defects, according to a new study.†Researchers looking at the cultural practice of marrying a blood relative within the Pakistani community say the risk of abnormalities increases from 3 to 6 percent. VoRís Sarah Johnston reports. And although the problems associated with family marriages have been widely known for centuries, this study is the first to isolate the risk of genetic inheritance by ruling out other factors, such as the motherís age or smoking habits.