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Father's Age Seen as Crucial to Baby's Disease Risk

Posted Aug 22 2012 12:04pm

A father's age, not a mother's, when a baby is conceived is the single largest factor in the risk of passing on new gene mutations to children and may help explain why childhood autism rates are rising, scientists said on Wednesday.

A Balinese father plays with his son on Kuta beach, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali resort on May 10, 2003. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Source: Reuters Health
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