Consanguineous marriages, pearls and perils: Geneva International Consanguinity Workshop Report

  title={Consanguineous marriages, pearls and perils: Geneva International Consanguinity Workshop Report},
  author={Hanan A. Hamamy and Stylianos E. Antonarakis and Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza and Samia Ali Temtamy and Giovanni Romeo and Leo Pieter ten Kate and Robin L. Bennett and Alison R. G. Shaw and Andr{\'e} M{\'e}garban{\'e} and Cornelia M. van Duijn and Heli Bathija and Siv Fokstuen and Eric Engel and Jo{\"e}l Zlotogora and Emmanouil Dermitzakis and Armand Bottani and Sophie Dahoun and Michael A. Morris and Steve Arsenault and Mona S. Aglan and Mubasshir Ajaz and Ayad Alkalamchi and Dhekra Alnaqeb and Mohamed K Alwasiyah and Nawfal Anwer and Rawan I. Awwad and Melissa Bonnefin and Peter J. Corry and Lorraine Gwanmesia and Gulshan A Karbani and Maryam Mostafavi and Tommaso Pippucci and Emmanuelle Ranza-Boscardin and Bruno Reversade and Saghira Malik Sharif and Marieke E Teeuw and Alan Holland Bittles},
  journal={Genetics in Medicine},
Approximately 1.1 billion people currently live in countries where consanguineous marriages are customary, and among them one in every three marriages is between cousins. Opinions diverge between those warning of the possible health risks to offspring and others who highlight the social benefits of consanguineous marriages. A consanguinity study group of international experts and counselors met at the Geneva International Consanguinity Workshop from May 3 2010, to May 7, 2010, to discuss the… CONTINUE READING
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