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Genetic Linkage

Comparing Adam Lanza’s DNA to Forensic DNA Databases: A Modest Proposal

January 3, 2013

Tags: Adam Lanza, DNA profiling, CODIS, criminal gene

Is there a genetic signature for violence? It's an old and controversial question. (NHGRI)
In 1729, Jonathan Swift of Gulliver’s Travels fame published a satirical essay called "A Modest Proposal." He suggested that a cure for poverty was for poor people to sell their children to rich people as food.

I’m borrowing Swift’s essay title to bring up another outrageous idea: analyzing forensic DNA databases for a genetic signature of criminality. (more…)

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