Title: Italian appeal court: a genetic predisposition to commit murder?
Authors: Forzano, Francesca ×
Borry, Pascal
Cambon-Thomsen, Anne
Hodgson, Shirley V
Tibben, Aad
de Vries, Petrus
van El, Carla
Cornel, Martina #
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: Karger
Series Title: European Journal of Human Genetics vol:18 issue:5 pages:519-521
Abstract: A few months ago, the controversial debate on connection between genetic variants and antisocial behaviour gained renewed prominence after the sentence of an Italian judge who decided to further reduce the prison sentence of a person convicted of murder by 1 year--from 9 to 8 years--because he was found to be a carrier of a few genetic variants thought to be associated with a predisposition to aggressiveness. We discuss the social implication of this view, the lack of evidence of the clinical utility of this test, and in particular the risks of offering susceptibility testing in the context of legal proceedings.
ISSN: 1018-4813
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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