"It is very possible that PATERNAL AGE is the major predictor of(non-familial) autism." Harry Fisch, M.D., author "The Male Biological Clock". Sperm DNA mutates and autism, schizophrenia bipolar etc. results. What is the connection with autoimmune disorders? Having Type 1 diabetes, SLE,etc. in the family, also if mother had older father. NW Cryobank will not accept a sperm donor past 35th BD to minimize genetic abnormalities.VACCINATIONS also cause autism.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Volume 47, Number 2, May 2010 Social Demographic Change and Autism

Volume 47, Number 2, May 2010 Social Demographic Change and Autism
Journal Information

Volume 47, Number 2, May 2010
E-ISSN: 1533-7790 Print ISSN: 0070-3370

DOI: 10.1353/dem.0.0101

Social Demographic Change and Autism
Kayuet Liu
Noam Zerubavel
Peter Bearman

Demography, Volume 47, Number 2, May 2010, pp. 327-343 (Article)
DOI: 10.1353/dem.0.0101
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■Autism -- Genetic aspects.

Parental age at child's birth—which has increased for U.S. children in the 1992-2000 birth cohorts—is strongly associated with an increased risk of autism. By turning a social demographic lens on the historical patterning of concordance among twin pairs, we identify a central mechanism for this association: de novo mutations, which are deletions, insertions, and duplications of DNA in the germ cells that are not present in the parents' DNA. Along the way, we show that a demographic eye on the rising prevalence of autism leads to three major discoveries. First, the estimated heritability of autism has been dramatically overstated. Second, heritability estimates can change over remarkably short periods of time because of increases in germ cell mutations. Third, social demographic change can yield genetic changes that, at the

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