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Today's date is Thursday, December 03, 2020
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Presentation Synopsis

Although quite common in past centuries, currently in the Western world even the thought of marriage with a biological relative usually evokes widespread suspicion and distaste. Yet some 1,100 million people live in countries where 20% to over 50% of marriages are between first cousins or other close kin. The reasons for these very different approaches to partner choice and their supposed influence on health and wellbeing will be presented and discussed, based on ongoing studies across four continents.

About the Speaker

Professor Alan Bittles was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and educated in Trinity College, University of Dublin (MA, 1972, ScD, 2004) and Queen’s University, Belfast (PhD, 1973). He currently is Adjunct Professor and Research Leader in the Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University, and Adjunct Professor of Community Genetics in the School of Medical Sciences, Edith Cowan University, where he was Foundation Professor of Human Biology and Director of the Centre for Human Genetics from 1993-2005. His present research centres on rare diseases, intellectual and developmental disability, and the impact of consanguinity and genetic sub-structure on disease gene expression, with projects in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Iran, Pakistan and the UK.
Speaker(s) Adjunct Professor Alan Bittles
Location Reid Library Ground Floor Meeting Room, UWA
Contact Susan O'Connor <[email protected]> : 6488 2354
Start Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:00
End Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:00
Submitted by Susan O'Connor <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:14
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