NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Children born to older fathers tend to have more de novo mutations in their genomes than those with younger dads, according to a study by researchers at Decode Genetics, the University of Iceland, and Illumina Cambridge.

"When we started to look at variation in mutation rates in the population, about 97 percent of it is accounted for by the age of the father," senior author Kari Stefansson, Decode's founder and CEO and a researcher with the University of Iceland, told GenomeWeb Daily News.

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