There's Something Curious About Paternal-Age Effects

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Science  01 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5633, pp. 606-607
DOI: 10.1126/science.1088552

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  • Paternal-Age Effects, Social Dominance, and Evolution
    • David Gurwitz, Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine

    The astonishing new findings on premeiotic selection of mutant spermatogonia, and the resulting higher probability for introduction of new mutations in offspring of older males may embrace another striking consequence. Among primates, and very likely among many other social mammals, older males are more likely to advance towards the top of dominance hierarchy (“alpha males”) and consequently are more likely to father of...

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