An article that appeared in The Evening Standard on Monday 23 August includes some factual inaccuracies:
The hospital would like to stress that no formal modelling has taken place based on an increase in cousin marriage nor on any change in the ethnic makeup of our patients.
In addition, some statistics in the article are factually incorrect and contrary to professional advice given to the newspaper at the time of their enquiry.
A Clinical Geneticist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children said:
"Two per cent of babies in the UK are born with a serious disability. Couples who are first cousins have an increased chance of a baby having a serious autosomal recessive genetic condition which amounts to approximately 3 per cent in addition to the background 2 per cent risk."
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