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Older Dads Increase Risk For Autism

EmaxHealth Health News

By Robin Wulffson MD for eMaxHealth.com

A new study has reported that the age at which a father sires children determines how many mutations those offspring inherit. Therefore, men who postponed starting a family in the their thirties, forties, and beyond could be increasing the chances that their children will develop autism, schizophrenia, and other diseases often linked to new mutations. The results were published on August 22 in the journal Nature.

“The older we are as fathers, the more likely we will pass on our mutations,” notes lead author Kári Stefánsson, chief executive of deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik. He added, “The more mutations we pass on, the more likely that one of them is going to be deleterious.” His company maintains genetic information on most Icelanders

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