Genes are not esoteric knowledge

The following is an edited excerpt.

Over at Slate the advice columnist received an email from a man who found out that his wife is really his half-sister…  Here is the part that has me concerned about realism on the part of the advice columnist: “I don’t see why your healthy children should ever be informed of this.”

If [these children] ever got genotyped or sequenced and had a pedigree constructed the fact that they’re the products of a consanguineous relationship would stick out like a sore thumb…This doesn’t imply that the parents have to tell their children now about the facts of their genetic origins. But people have to start becoming realistic about the fact that genetic information is going to be widely disseminated and manipulated within the next decade by the general public.

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