Applications of Behavioural Genetics: Outpacing the Science?
Nature Reviews Genetics, Vol. 6, pp. 793-798, 2005
6 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2009
Date Written: October 1, 2005
Human behavioural genetics is an established research discipline of the genomic age, and applications for the behavioural genetic information are most likely to emerge in areas such as criminal justice, education, employment, and insurance. However, behavioural genetic research into personality traits and antisocial behaviour poses several risks; for example, tentative or preliminary research findings might be misused in legal and commercial settings. Scientific caution, public and media education, expert consultation and confidentiality protection are essential for the responsible use of behavioural genetics.
Keywords: behavioral genetics, genomics, mental disorders, addiction, personality, genetic testing, criminal law
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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