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Gene of the Week: Being a Gangsta

Posted by Osagie Obasogie on June 20th, 2009


A recent article in Comprehensive Psychology found that males with a particular variant of the MAOA gene are twice as likely to be in a gang and are more likely to use a weapon. Biosocial criminologist Kevin Beaver came to this conclusion after studying the genotypes of thousands of adolescents in a long-term health study.  With the requisite hedging, Beaver nonetheless told the New Scientist: ďThis gene is predicting gang membership, but itís really predicting it for the very violent gang members.Ē

More to come, Iím sure.





Posted in Osagie Obasogie's Blog Posts, Sequencing & Genomics


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