Father’s sperm may point to child’s autism risk, study finds

April 15, 2015 7:01 PM

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Father’s sperm may point to child’s autism risk, study finds

While some research suggests that autism contains a genetic link, most instances of the disorder remain unexplained. But now, researchers at Johns Hopkins University say predicting whether a child will develop autism may be as simple as testing paternal sperm.

In a small study, published online Wednesday in the journal International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers searched for a possible association between the disorder and a father’s epigenetic tags, which help regulate genes’ activity. Doctors can detect epigenetic changes by testing sperm.

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