Not to diminish this but the Nature or Nurture psychologists are going to have a field day with these poor kids.
Yeah, I certainly don't want to seem like I don't care about these kids, but they do offer an incredible opportunity for a case study. Maybe some good can come from this whole thing.
As to another poster's comment, the health problems from inbreeding are probably pretty minimal if they've survived to be teens. The risk of genetic problems from incest is actually far lower than one would expect, and most problems that crop up would be fatal during the pregnancy or during infant development.
posted on 04/30/2008 2:57:53 PM PDT
by July 4th
To: July 4th
The risk of genetic problems from incest is actually far lower than one would expect
Yeah especially Parent-child incest one time.
I inbred my best sheep for one generation and then bred as far away as I could from their genetics for the next generation. In animal husbandry inbreeding can give you two copies of good genes (making the animal"pre-potent" - more likely to have off-spring with a desired phenotype, and can also help you identify bad traits and animal might have so you can intentionally breed away from it or discuss it with customers. For example if one line had a recessive tendency to overbite (parrot-mouth) I would make sure the buyer didn't have over-byte already going on in his flock.
But in any event, unless there are already genetic problems, inbreeding isn't likely to make a problem for one generation.
Nevertheless, this guy needs to be in jail for the rest of his life. What a wussy country if all he can get is 15 years!
posted on 04/30/2008 5:49:11 PM PDT
by Mad Dawg
(Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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