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Hay Festival 2011: Professor risks political storm over Muslim 'inbreeding'
by Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Prof Steve Jones, one of Britain's most eminent scientists, has warned that the level of inbreeding among the nation's Muslims is endangering the health of future generations.
The geneticist said that it was common in the Islamic world for men to marry their nieces and cousins.
He said that Bradford has a particular problem and warned that it could affect the health of children born into these marriages.
Prof Jones, who lectures at University College London, is likely to find himself at the centre of controversy in the wake of the comments.
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