Friday, June 19, 2009

Scientists identify 'gangsta gene'

Males with the MAOA gene are twice as likely to join a gang. (New Scientist) Gang members with "these mutations" are also more likely to use weapons. What do you do with this info? Throw anyone in jail that has the MAOA gene? That would be a little too Minority Report-ish, a little absurd. But there is a practical application here. You "can alter the environment" in a way that would "blunt that genetic effect," said one researcher.

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