No, it just means that they did not in inherit the same DNA from their common ancestors. As my good friend Blaine Bettinger has explained on his blog the Genetic Genealogist , we all have a genealogical family tree and a genetic family tree. Our genetic family tree is a subset of our genealogical family tree and consists only of those ancestors from whom we inherited DNA.
Because of this, it becomes increasingly possible not to share any DNA with our more distant cousins. Fourth cousins will match each other about 50 percent of the time, but when you get out past the fifth-cousin level, the odds of sharing any DNA are less than 5 percent. The number of third and fourth cousins a person has varies widely based on individual family structures and the culture of their ancestors.
That being said, as Brenna Henn explains in a blog post for 23andMe: From my experience, the average person will only receive a couple of predicted third-cousin matches through a DNA testing service but will typically find many more possible fourth-cousin matches. Regardless, with rare exceptions, everyone will be matched to someone through these testing services. Most of us will have hundreds or even thousands of predicted cousins, albeit predominantly distant ones.
To date, thanks to these relative matching services, there have been many genealogical and birth-family search success stories. With the databases growing every day, these will only increase over time and we will all see closer and more meaningful matches. Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Root Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker Splinter The Root. Young Futurists The Grapevine Journal-isms News The Root TV Politics Culture. How Much DNA Do Distant Cousins Actually Share?
Edit Promote Share to Kinja Toggle Conversation tools Go to permalink. You may also like. Popular from The Root 21 Kinja is in read-only mode. Kristyp did you ever take a biology class, you know what happens when you inbreed?! God I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Why don't we just go back to the old english days where royalty married their first and second cousins to keep the lineage strong!
I did read the update, we were commenting on KristyP's response to thinking that it was ok to shack up with "any"cousin and that it doesn't matter. Dude it doesn't matter if you want to have babies with this chick or not a cousin is still a cousin is still a cousin doesn't really matter if there's a 1st or a 4th attached in front of it. And you or however esle can disagree with me as much as you want, I don't really care the fact of the matter is SHE IS STILL YOUR COUSIN, do what ya gotta do!
OH and btw KirstyP wrote Read the update and think again! Yeah, im having the same problem. I don't know if its okay to date my 4th cousin. We didn't grow up together. And we basically just started talking. I don't get why all the girls are so grossed out about dating your 4th cousin. Its such a distant relation that it really shouldn't matter. And for all of the people who think that having kids with a cousin will create crazy deformed mutants, its not true.
The reason that this myth started is that its more likely for two people who are related to have the same recessive gene for a disorder. However, genetic disorders that turn people into crazy deformed mutants are rare and if you do not have a recessive gene for the trait then you cannot give it to your kids. It is true that inbreeding over a long period of time greatly increases the risk of genetic disorders. That's why families that have repeatedly married their first cousins and siblings over many generations are prone to genetic disorders.
So, even if you decide to have kids with your fourth cousin, it is highly unlikely that they would turn out abnormal. And that's my genetic lecture for the day! Sisters are too close, you share parents. First cousins are a little too close, you share grandparents. With your fourth cousin, you share great-great-great-grandparents. I don't even know any of my second cousins, so I guess its possible that I've had sex with one of them! Don't do it, bro. I don't even know how you could know your 4th cousin that is so ridiculously far back.
Go ahead, I don't think anyone is going to have a problem with it. Also close this question. Feed Live Feed Featured Questions myTakes Polls Videos Popular No Opinions Post Ask a question Create a poll Share myTake AskingForAFrirend SoInLove bigender trump confessiontimetruthandlies SelfPotraits SelfishArtists. Should I date my 4th cousin?
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