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Although the increase represents a near doubling of the risk, the result is still not considered large enough to discourage cousins from having children, said Dr.Arno Motulsky, a professor emeritus of medicine and genome sciences at the University of Washington, and the senior author of the report.'' In terms of general risks in life it's not very high,'' Dr. Even at its worst, 7 percent, he said, ''93 percent of the time, nothing is going to happen.'' The report is in today's issue of The Journal of Genetic Counseling.'' As genetic advisers,'' Dr.Motulsky said, ''we give people all the various possibilities and risks and leave it up to them to make a decision.

We played stupid games, went fishing together, and fought like siblings.

The guidelines urge counselors to take a thorough family history and, as they do for all clients, look for any diseases that might run in the family or in the clients' ethnic groups and order tests accordingly.

During pregnancy, the woman should have the standard blood tests used to screen for certain neurological problems and other disorders and an ultrasound examination.

Contrary to widely held beliefs and longstanding taboos in America, first cousins can have children together without a great risk of birth defects or genetic disease, scientists are reporting today.

They say there is no biological reason to discourage cousins from marrying.

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