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Is There A Genetic Basis For Violence?

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Is there a genetic make up that leads people to commit violent acts? Probably. Is it a simple “if this then that” connection? Not likely. But we are each a product of our genetic make up and our environment. That includes everything from medical issues such as heart disease and diabetes, to success in the arts such as music and writing, to our basic personality and the way we deal with others.

New research suggests that the elusive “warrior gene” might exist and it might result from defects in two genes: The MAOI gene and a variant of the cadherin 13 (CDH 13) gene.

Wish it were that simple but this is interesting research.

Here are few articles on this research:

BBC News: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29760212

Telegraph UK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/11192643/Violence-genes-may-be-responsible-for-one-in-10-serious-crimes.html

The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/two-genes-found-linked-to-tendency-for-violent-crime-9824061.html

Also, I posted on this back in June, 2010:

https://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/dangerous-dna-the-warrior-gene/

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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Forensic Psychiatry, Medical Issues

 
 
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