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Older fathers have less attractive children because genetics

| | March 25, 2014

Older fathers have less attractive children because of extra genetic mutations in their genes, scientists have found.

Children of older men are already at greater risk of autism, bipolar disorder, low IQ and schizophrenia.

But now researchers have concluded that the impact of mutated genes is so strong it even has an impact on appearance.

“We found a significant negative effect between paternal age and people’s facial attractiveness,” Martin Fieder, an associate professor in anthropology at the University of Vienna told The Sunday Times.

“The effect is very visible. Someone born to a father of 22 is already 5 – 10 per cent more attractive than those with a 40-year-old father and the difference grows with the age gap.”

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