Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Rare Birth Defect Increasing in Polygamous Community

A rare, severe birth defect is on the rise in an inbred polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border. It is thought that the cause of the defect is intermarriage among close relatives who have two copies of a recessive gene for a debilitating condition called fumarase deficiency. The enzyme irregularity causes severe mental retardation, epileptic seizures and other effects that often leaves children unable to take care of themselves. Source:  AP, For the complete story, please click here (last visited February 11, 2006, reo.)

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