‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Explores Dad’s Influence
In his new book Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, science writer Paul Raeburn writes of the surprising biological and genetic connections fathers have with their children. A father who’s depressed during his partner’s pregnancy, for instance, boosts the odds that his unborn child will be depressed. Even a grandfather’s diet can affect his grandchildren’s lifespan, Raeburn writes.
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Paul Raeburn is author of Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) and chief media critic at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker at MIT in New York, New York.
Read an excerpt from Do Fathers Matter?
Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.