OLD DADS ARE THE NEW REFRIGERATOR MOMS
The other story tells of a recent report that purports to find a correlation between autism and the advanced age of fathers. Never mind that the “findings” were extrapolated from a very small sample of data over 20 years old, which didn’t take environmental exposures into account. It was hailed as convincing evidence that autism is primarily genetic, whether or not anything was read other than the abstract.
It was predictable that the media would jump all over the “old fart” story and virtually ignore the study that might implicate an explanation ⎯ and a solution ⎯ that did not involve genetics. Equally predictable, however, is that Dan Olmsted would look beyond the press release and actually question the “findings.” Read Mr. Olmsted’s take here.
Most rational people accept that genetics plays a role in predisposing children to autism. It may even be the primary factor in some cases. But one cannot add two and two together and try to convince me that the sum is 300,000.