Inbreeding Increases The Chances Of Congenital Defects

Inbreeding Increases The Chances Of Congenital Defects

You've probably heard that inbreeding is not a good thing. But is it really that bad? Yes, yes it is. Inbreeding is defined as mating between organisms closely related through common ancestry, and the results aren't pretty. For example, inbreeding with a first cousin nearly doubles the risk of neonatal and childhood death. That's just the beginning. Get more facts about inbreeding in the videos below.

What Happens When You Inbreed?

It does not lead to good things.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Inbreeding is defined as mating between organisms closely related through common ancestry. (0:26)

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    Inbreeding increases the chances of congenital defects. (2:20)

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    Inbred dogs are more likely to suffer from deafness, heart disease, and abnormal development of hip joints. (5:58)

Is Inbreeding Really That Bad?

It really is. Mating with a first cousin significantly increases the chance of really terrible birth defects.

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How Inbreeding Screws Up Your Genes

Now that you know it's bad, find out what inbreeding actually does to your genes.

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