West Aussie Science: It's OK to hook-up with your hot cousin!Mikey 3 comments
As a proud born and raised West Australian I'm not sure how I feel about this news: It's OK to hook-up with your hot cousin. I'll admit our West Aussie scientists have performed some actual research on the subject though.
Professor Alan Bittles at the Centre for Comparative Genomics at Murdoch University has spent 30 years researching the subject and reckons that most children born to first-cousins are healthy, which goes against Australian research published in 2001 that says babies born into 1st cousins are 3 times more likely to have birth defects.
"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"
Well even if the Professor is right, I think hooking up with a cousin would be weird!