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Ljones's picture

Slippery Slope

I'm worried that if we start making excuses for people based on their genes that people will be able to get away with anything. Obviously if someone has a propensity for heart disease, it might be good to guide them toward healthy eating and excersize, but what if they have a propensity for violence? Can we get to a point where murderers can say "Look at this structure in my brain! It's smaller than yours so I'm not responsible for my actions"? How does a wife whose husband has been unfaithful respond with the knowledge that "his genes made him more likely to do it?" 

I don't know, I'm fuzzy on the issue, because knowing that someone has a higher liklihood of depression might get them help sooner... but knowing someone has a propensity to cheat just makes me feel like we've given them an excuse to do so.

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