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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Genetic testing and IVF boost population of Israel's Samaritans

    Posted Dec 12th 2012, 12:00am by McClatchy-Tribune

    ... their ancient Israelite sect. Marriage between cousins is common in the religious community. But there was still an obstacle. Like many Samaritan couples today, the pair had to pass a premarital genetic ... and being devastated by a high rate of birth defects because of inbreeding, the community is using modern science- including genetic testing, in vitro fertilisation and abortion- to preserve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1103115/genetic-testing-and-ivf-boost-population-israels-samaritans

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