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Incest, it runs in the family

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Modern societies see incest as something that is unacceptable and quite a disgusting thing. Scientifically, it is known as a genetic purging. The relationship between genetically related couples is looked down upon but, in many countries it is not illegal. Intermarriage has been practiced for centuries especially within people who are of high power or people who are/were not educated of the harsh genetic and on going effects of it.

Royalty are obsessed with keep money, property, and most of all position within the family. So what do they do? Basically, they get married to their cousins. Which is their apparent solution to this problem of having to let go of their riches. There are many examples of the terrible effects of marrying in the family.

One of them is the infamous Hapsburg facial problems. This went on until Charles II whose jaw went out so far out that he couldn’t chew his food. He was also infertile, which ended the House of Hapsburg dynasty.

The second would be the hemophilic problem of Queen Victoria, who carried the allele for hemophilia. Her great grandson, Alexis Nicholaevich, son of her granddaughter Alexandra and Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, almost died from hemophilia many times before his entire family was murdered.

I personally find it unacceptable, but not only because society does not accept it, but because, there have been genetic findings of major problems it causes for generations to come. And, I don’t feel that it’s anyway right to put future offspring through that kind of danger.

Bibliography
“Inbreeding.” Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. 9 June. 2011. 9 June. 2011
< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inbreeding>

Knight, Eliza. “Incest Within Royal Families & Consanguinity Laws.” History Undressed. Powered by Blogger. 13 August. 2009. 9 June 2011.

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