April 18, 2024

IN BRIEF: older fathers; British euthanasia

  • Older fathers are up to five times more likely to have children with birth defects, according to a study in the US and Denmark. A 45-year-old man is almost three times more likely to father a Down Syndrome child than a man under 30. A British IVF specialist commented that with this news, the pool of potential sperm donors is bound to shrink even further, because the UK government is encouraging clinics to seek donors who have already fathered a family. Normally these men are at least in their late 30s.