Mutations in a father’s sperm could predict risk of autism in children, study finds – Daily Mail

A new study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has found that ‘de novo mutations’ in a father’s sperm can predict the risk of autism in a child (file image)

Mutations in a father’s sperm could predict the risk of a child being diagnosed with autism, a new study suggests.

The genetic flaws, known as ‘de novo mutations’, can appear in a child’s DNA through problems with sperm production.

Researchers found that 15 percent of men with autistic children had these disease-causing mutations in their sperm.

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