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Are Older Fathers Causing Autism In Their Kids?

The 40 year old author and his one year old son.

On the tails of the U.S. government statement last week that 1 in 88 children now exhibit signs of autism, comes a new study that could possibly link autistic children with their ‘older’ fathers.

The gist of the story, according to the New York Times, is that some scientists now believe they have stumbled upon something that they long suspected but just couldn’t really link together: that a mutated gene possibly responsible for some of the more common autistic disorders, “including Asperger syndrome and related social difficulties that are being diagnosed at alarmingly high rates,” according to the Times, might be linked to fathers over age 35.

But the reports are drawing warnings from other experts who claim that the study upon which the potential findings were based is still too small and under-tested to draw too many conclusions from.

Over the last few years, mutated genes have been major suspects in a number of autistic studies that attempt to root out the cause of the increasing number of cases of autism being seen. But with correlating data taken from the three new and separate studies listed in this weeks reports, there appears to be a bit of evidence that connects autism and older fathers.

But even that proof is based upon extremely small numbers of individuals.

So, the jury remains out and one thing remains certain: autism is on an awful lot of intelligent people’s minds these days, and rightfully so.

What is it exactly/why does it exist/where  is it coming from? There are so many more questions than answers.

And now, this week, we are asking ourselves this new one. Asking ourselves if men over age 35 are actually a danger to their babies?

 

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