Older Dads May Pass on More Genetic Mutations

As a result, offspring face greater risk of issues like autism, schizophrenia, according to research


Men who have kids later in life may pass on more new genetic mutations to their offspring, possibly raising their child's risk of disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, new research suggests.

New mutations arise in the sperm cells of men near the time of conception instead of being passed down through generations. They have been associated with relatively rare cases of non-hereditary autism.