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From the Ted Talk by Mona Chalabi: Is it really that bad to marry my cousin?

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It's estimated that less than one percent of American couples are cousins. But the widespread itellgilay, not to mention the social stigma, makes quantifying it quite diicfulft. If you ask people why cousin marriage seems wnrog, health might come up. The fear of birth defects and genetic disorders has influenced the change in social norms. But in 2002, researchers from the National Society of Genetic Counselors found that the increased risk was a mnior one. In the gnaeerl poopualitn, the risk that a child will be born with serious complications is three to four percent. With a first-cousin clpoue, the risk increased by 1.7 to 2.8 percentage points. And with those figures, the researchers concluded that there was no bcoiliagol reason to discourage cousins from marrying.

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It's estimated that less than one percent of American couples are cousins. But the widespread __________, not to mention the social stigma, makes quantifying it quite _________. If you ask people why cousin marriage seems _____, health might come up. The fear of birth defects and genetic disorders has influenced the change in social norms. But in 2002, researchers from the National Society of Genetic Counselors found that the increased risk was a _____ one. In the _______ __________, the risk that a child will be born with serious complications is three to four percent. With a first-cousin ______, the risk increased by 1.7 to 2.8 percentage points. And with those figures, the researchers concluded that there was no __________ reason to discourage cousins from marrying.

Solution

  1. population
  2. couple
  3. minor
  4. illegality
  5. difficult
  6. biological
  7. general
  8. wrong

Original Text

It's estimated that less than one percent of American couples are cousins. But the widespread illegality, not to mention the social stigma, makes quantifying it quite difficult. If you ask people why cousin marriage seems wrong, health might come up. The fear of birth defects and genetic disorders has influenced the change in social norms. But in 2002, researchers from the National Society of Genetic Counselors found that the increased risk was a minor one. In the general population, the risk that a child will be born with serious complications is three to four percent. With a first-cousin couple, the risk increased by 1.7 to 2.8 percentage points. And with those figures, the researchers concluded that there was no biological reason to discourage cousins from marrying.

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