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    Genetic disaster from polygamy

    Wow, I knew there were problems with the excommunicated FLDS groups, i.e the infamous Jessops clan, but I didn't realize it included horrible birth defects.

    See:
    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2017...netic-disaster

    "The boy had unusual facial features, including a prominent forehead, low-set ears, widely spaced eyes and a small jaw. He was also severely physically and mentally disabled.
    In every case, the child had the same distinctive facial features, the same delayed development
    After performing all the usual tests, Tarby was stumped. He had never seen a case like it. Eventually he sent a urine sample to a lab that specialises in detecting rare diseases. They diagnosed “fumarase deficiency”, an inherited disorder of the metabolism. With just 13 cases known to medical science (translating into odds of one in 400 million), it was rare indeed."

    "Faith Bistline has five cousins with the disease, who she used to look after until she left the FLDS in 2011. “They are completely physically and mentally disabled,” she says. The oldest started learning to walk when he was two years old, but stopped after a long bout of seizures. Now that cousin is in his 30s and not even able to crawl.
    Fumarase deficiency is rare because it’s recessive – it only develops if a person inherits two faulty copies of the gene
    In fact, only one of her cousins can walk. “She can also make some vocalisations and sometimes you can understand a little bit of what she’s saying, but I wouldn’t call it speaking,” she says. They all have feeding tubes and need care 24 hours a day."


    This is the leader of the FLDS, now in prison, and some of his many daughters:



    Some of his dozens of wives:


    When your followers believe you are God's prophet, you obviously don't need to be a super-man to have lots of women. Also, you have to be willing to kick out all your superfluous sons.
    Last edited by Angela; 30-07-17 at 02:22.


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