Comment: Es ist im Blut. (It is in the blood)

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Es ist im Blut. (It is in the blood)

The Amish are painfully aware of the narrow genetic pool and the resulting genetic defects which are becoming more common. They have an extraordinarily high rate of birth defects, physically handicapped people, Down's syndrome, dwarves, idiots and geniuses.

In my county, it has been silently encouraged since the 1970's that single Amish girls 16 to 22 years old get with English boys to get pregnant, then marry a man from the church. The recessive gene problem seems to be getting worse despite these New Blood Firstborns, probably because of the very high birth rate among the Amish.

I have known of one first cousin marriage (illegal in my state) and many second cousin marriages and even double second cousin marriages.