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Why we’re having less sex with our genetic relatives

| | April 2, 2013

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Sir Thomas Beecham – always good for a quotation – once said that “everyone should try everything once, except incest and folk dancing”. Quite where the Morris men come in, I am not certain (although Beecham much disliked the music of Percy Grainger, known for his arrangements of English folk tunes). But when it comes to incest, people are beginning to take his advice. History, geography and biology have recently come together to show that many of us are much more closely related to our neighbours – and our partners – than we ever imagined: but things are changing.

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