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Behavioral Genetics in Criminal Court

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Scurich N, Appelbaum PS. Behavioral Genetics in Criminal Court. Nature human behaviour. 2017 September 18;1:772-774. PubMed PMID: 29250604; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5730091.


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Introduction of genetic evidence of a predisposition to violent or impulsive behaviour is on the rise in criminal trials. However, a panoply of data suggests that such evidence is ineffective at reducing judgements of culpability and punishment, and therefore its use in the legal process is likely to diminish.