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February 12 2012

Icelanders Avoid Inbreeding Through Online Incest Database


Nowadays, some light Internet stalking is as common a pre-date ritual as showering or putting on a clean shirt. But for Icelanders, that online screening process can include running a date’s name through an incest database.

Sound ridiculous? Consider this: when you live in an isolated nation with a population roughly the size of Pittsburgh, accidentally lusting after a cousin is an all-too-real possibility. But a search engine called Islendingabok (the Book of Icelanders) allows users to plug in their own name alongside that of a prospective mate, determining any familial overlap.

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