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Lighter sentence for murder with “bad brains” (and genes)



Published online 30 October 2009 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2009.1050

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Lighter sentence for murderer with ‘bad genes’
Italian court reduces jail term after tests identify genes linked to violent behaviour.

Emiliano Feresin

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An Italian court has cut the sentence given to a convicted murderer by a year because he has genes linked to violent behaviour — the first time that behavioural genetics has affected a sentence passed by a European court. But researchers contacted by Nature have questioned whether the decision was based on sound science.

The interesting thing about the sentence is that not only genetics was used but the clue that induced the lawyers to ask for genetic diagnosis came from fMRI scans indicating abnormalities in brain-imaging . this is neuroethics at work…

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