If violence is in your genes, should courts be more lenient?

04 June 2014

PhD student Jorim Tielbeek comments on ‘The use of genetics in court’ for the American news site The Verge.

Jorim Tielbeek, a neuroscientist and criminologist at VU Medical Center Amsterdam who has studied the effects of genetics on antisocial behavior, comments that “higher genetic liability towards committing a crime doesn’t necessarily mean a lessened responsibility.” Although scientists have made links between certain genes and antisocial behavior, Tielbeek says, there is “no clear predictive relationship between a single gene and a criminal act — especially since hundreds of genes are involved in criminal behavior, and that each have a very small effect.”

Read the full article on the Verge