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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: 4, Insightful) by German Sausage on Friday February 21 2014, @03:50AM

    by German Sausage (1750) on Friday February 21 2014, @03:50AM (#4057)

    Bang out some kids when you are 20, they will be healthy and poor. Wait till you can afford to house and feed them, run the risk of defects?

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @04:17AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @04:17AM (#4069)

    >>>Bang out some kids when you are 20, they will be healthy and poor. Wait till you can afford to house and feed them, run the risk of defects?

    How about banging out some kids with a 20yr old woman while I'm in my 40's. You'll get the best of both worlds....among other benefits.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by hemocyanin on Friday February 21 2014, @05:11AM

      by hemocyanin (186) on Friday February 21 2014, @05:11AM (#4093) Journal

      I guess you didn't read TFS.

      • (Score: 1) by iWantToKeepAnon on Friday February 21 2014, @03:33PM

        by iWantToKeepAnon (686) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 21 2014, @03:33PM (#4361) Homepage Journal
        Heh, you must be new here .... wait, we are all new here. :-]
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @04:33AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @04:33AM (#4077)

    If you can't find a living wage job to house and feed your family when you're 20, your society is broken.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Sir Garlon on Friday February 21 2014, @04:05PM

      by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday February 21 2014, @04:05PM (#4389)

      I think that label fits. What can we do about it?

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    • (Score: 2) by dyingtolive on Friday March 28 2014, @07:33PM

      by dyingtolive (952) on Friday March 28 2014, @07:33PM (#22650)

      Yes. Yes it is.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by forsythe on Friday February 21 2014, @05:52AM

    by forsythe (831) on Friday February 21 2014, @05:52AM (#4111)

    Perhaps in the near future it will be recommended to save genetic material from when you're in your prime, to be used when financially ready. Perhaps a bit trans-humanistic, but not too far removed from in vitro.

    • (Score: 1) by jimshatt on Friday February 21 2014, @07:55AM

      by jimshatt (978) on Friday February 21 2014, @07:55AM (#4155) Journal
      I believe it's not the genetic material itself that deteriorates, but rather the sperm (and production thereof). I don't know how well you can keep sperm on ice, but it might be an option to harvest gametes (both female eggs and male sperm) at a younger age and keep them for reproduction later.
      You might not want to have kids in their puberty in you house when you're 55+, so don't delay too much. That would be my advice.
      • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Friday February 21 2014, @08:56PM

        by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Friday February 21 2014, @08:56PM (#4536) Homepage Journal

        Voice of experience here, having disabled kids is the least of your worries if you're going to be an older parent. I had my first kid when I was 35 and my ex-wife was 30. My oldest daughter's autistic. Younger daughter is two years younger and gifted (takes after her old man).

        When you're 20 it's not all that hard to get up at 3:00 AM to feed and diaper the baby, hell, when I was 20 I'd drink 'til 3 and show up at work bright and bushy tailed. But at 35 it's hell. It would be worse at 40. By the time my kids were grown I was over 50. My daughters are delaying their parenthood as well, so it's unlikely I'll ever meet any grandchildren I may have, and if I live long enough to they won't remember me.

        Have 'em young. Just don't have more than two.

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