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posted by LaminatorX on Friday February 21 2014, @03:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the totally-getting-snipped-for-my-birthday-this-year dept.

robingHood writes:

"New Scientist Magazine reports on findings that suggest that delaying fatherhood may increase the risk of fathering children with disorders such as Apert syndrome, Autism and Schizophrenia. The article reports that 'although there is a big increase in risk for many disorders, it's a big increase in a very small risk. A 40-year-old is about 50 per cent more likely to father an autistic child than a 20-year-old is, for instance, but the overall risk is only about 1 per cent to start with.' In other words: time to start mating before those tadpoles turn into toads."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by martyb on Friday February 21 2014, @03:17AM

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 21 2014, @03:17AM (#4034) Journal

    Okay, I'd heard of Autism [wikipedia.org] and Schizophrenia [wikipedia.org], but had never heard of Apert Syndrome. For the curious: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apert_syndrome [wikipedia.org].

    Apert syndrome is a form of acrocephalosyndactyly, a congenital disorder characterized by malformations of the skull, face, hands and feet. It is classified as a branchial arch syndrome, affecting the first branchial (or pharyngeal) arch, the precursor of the maxilla and mandible. Disturbances in the development of the branchial arches in fetal development create lasting and widespread effects.

    Have just started reading it, but thought I could help save some Soylents' searching. The pictures of one manifestation are quite helpful.

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Fluffeh on Friday February 21 2014, @03:46AM

    by Fluffeh (954) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 21 2014, @03:46AM (#4053) Journal

    Apert Syndrome is a step Apert from Autism and Schizophrenia...

    *sips coffee*