Chapter 3: Inbreeding and Genetic Disorders
In many European countries, the people were ruled by the aristocracy. The ruling class usually consisted of a single family, one possessing the most dominant and commanding traits in all their land. Each family would consist of mainly alpha males and prided themselves for their dominance. Their pride and conviction to be the strongest in their countries led them to consistently make one of the greatest mistakes in the history of genetics. In order to ensure specific traits were passed on to their heirs, the rulers would often inbreed with their families, bonding to cousins or distant relatives. The continual mixing of the same genetic material and preventing the introduction of new genes led to the first instances of genetic disorders.
All genetic disorders descend directly from the inbred nobility. However, no single royal family is solely at fault. From the rainy shores of the British Isles to the volcanic islands of Japan and the warm jungles of Mexico, every ruling family partook in the now illegal practice of inbreeding. This went on for centuries without proper documentation. Most ruling families would try to cover up the disorders and forbid the physicians from documenting anything relating to the disabled family member. Some would even go as far as to have the child disowned, sending the person off into the common whelp to spread their disorder. This led to the uncontrollable spread of disorders around the globe, leaving many people victims of poor breeding. The dispersal of genetic disorders could not have been foreseen by the ancient kings and queens, but could have been avoided if their arrogance in their own perfection had not spurred them into disassociating with their disabled children.
Some genetic disorders can be traced back to one country or another. For example the most common genetic disorder in today's world, anosmia, originates from England. This disorder prevents the person from recognizing sex pheromones creating a hindrance during bonding. There are no health risks in having anosmia, but most people who do often do not find much pleasure in sexual intercourse. Many of the royal houses of England suffered from anosmia but never dared to admit being so disabled. Another disorder, combined pituitary hormone deficiency, originates from Spain. This disorder leaves a person lacking in adequate amounts of growth hormone preventing proper growth. The disorder is easily treated with current medicine and is no longer life threatening. Back when such treatment was impossible, people would never physically mature properly and remain infertile from their entire life.
Many more genetic disorders have no discernible origin. These are illnesses such as Epilepsy, which are so old any documentation of the first occurrence, if any ever existed, have long since been destroyed. Others appeared to have sprung up in multiple places around the world almost simultaneously. For example, sickle cell anemia was first discovered and thoroughly researched in the Americas, but soon discovered to also have affected many people in Africa. Such discoveries were not uncommon prior to the discovery of sickle cell anemia. Many countries documented genetic disorders that were almost exactly the same as disorders in other parts of the world. The occurrences were so geographically spread and so historically condensed that there was no way the disease could have emigrated from one place to another. The exception lies within the borders of the oceans. Genetic diseases on the American continent and the European, Asian, and African continent differed greatly in nature. They remained so until European travelers began to explore the American continent in the 13th century.
Yet, inbreeding did not only cause genetic disorders. There was one strange and well documented occurrence that did not pertain to any form of disability. In the early 11th century France, one of the nobles of the court recorded the birth of child unlike any before them. This child was the first alphaf emale of the human race. She was strong and healthy, much like her father, and possessed the physique of what would clearly become a promising leader. The physicians were astonished by the phenomenon and praised the child as a gift from heaven. They named her Charille, a strong name yet also soft, meaning feminine and delightful. She became almost instantly famous for her rarity and well-loved among the people. However, her rare gender sex mix was not the only genetic disorder she possessed. Unfortunately, the child became fatally ill and did not survive infancy. This great historic event was not forgotten and foreshadowed other changes in biology yet to come.
So many genetic disorders exist that there is no possible way to track the history of all of them, but they all stem from the improper breeding of alpha male aristocracy. Today we still suffer from the influences of genetic disorders. These illnesses are either the same or slightly evolved versions of their ancestors who take root in in the old, noble families. The head strong alpha leaders cannot be blamed fully for the spreading of the disease, but now we must remain vigilant to prevent such occurrences from happening again.