Behavioural genetics in criminal court

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.

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Scurich, N., Appelbaum, P.S. Behavioural genetics in criminal court. Nat Hum Behav 1, 772–774 (2017).

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