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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: 2, Insightful) by iNaya on Friday February 21 2014, @07:00AM

    by iNaya (176) on Friday February 21 2014, @07:00AM (#4137)

    If anything, a culture that discouraged reproduction, means that those that do reproduce would have a higher genetic disposition towards doing so. So even if there was a problem, it would eventually fix itself.

    The real truth is that more educated and well-off populations tend to reproduce less.

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by FatPhil on Friday February 21 2014, @11:09AM

    by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Friday February 21 2014, @11:09AM (#4223) Homepage

    The strongest and most telling correlation is with the level of education of the females. And that doesn't just hold between populations, but within them.

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