Men and women are more alike than scientists thought in their propensity to create genetic mutations that pass to their offspring, a study suggests.
It had been estimated that the male rate was about five times that of females. The new work agrees the male rate is higher, but only by about 70 percent.
The research was led by David Page of the Whitehead Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He and colleagues report the results in the Aug. 10 issue of the journal Nature.
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