Interesting autism research

Autism risk linked to older fathers – study:

Children fathered by men at age 40 and older have a higher risk of developing autism, possibly because of mutations or other genetic changes, according to new research.

The study “provides the first convincing evidence that advanced paternal age is a risk factor for autism spectrum disorder,” said the authors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

My son has high-functioning autism, and my daughter has Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder, also on the Autistic Spectrum. My husband was 44 the year my son was born.

That wasn’t one of the things that worried me about our age difference at the time.

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5 replies

  1. I’m tempted to say something frivolous about that giving me another reason to chase young sperm, but seriously, at my age (40), I worry that if I did give birth, my offsprings would get a few nasties from my family’s gene pool.

  2. I thought of something similiarly frivolous myself, e.
    The study did say that there was no correlation with autism and the age of the mother, so perhaps that’s similiar for other nasties too? There’s always the increased Down Syndrome risk, though.

  3. I’m more worried about mental illnesses — which I’ve escaped but others haven’t. Don’t know what the maternal odds are on these.

  4. The connection between paternal age and autism and schizophrenia has to be taken very seriously. I think men should bank their semen 29-30 for future children they may want to father. The agony of autism and schizophrenia is too great to ignore the evidence. 26% of schizophrenia is caused by advanced paternal age. We should teach this to all teenagers and the March of Dimes should list it prominently.
    James F. Crow said that the most dangerous environmental threat was fertile old men. He is professor emeritus in genetics at U of Wisconsin. Read his paper on spontaneous mutations.

  5. Thank you for your interesting post!
    I thought perhaps you may also find this related scientific study interesting to you:
    Human Longevity and Parental Age at Conception

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