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Mutations in the gene encoding monoamine oxidase type A (MAOA) have been linked to aggressive and sometimes violent behavior. Based on this finding, it is conceivable that a genetic test could be developed that could identify individuals likely to exhibit such behaviors. Do you think such a test would be a good idea? What would some of the ethical and societal implications of the test be?

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Human Heredity: Principles and Iss...

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ISBN: 9781305251052
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Mutations in the gene encoding monoamine oxidase type A (MAOA) have been linked to aggressive and sometimes violent behavior. Based on this finding, it is conceivable that a genetic test could be developed that could identify individuals likely to exhibit such behaviors. Do you think such a test would be a good idea? What would some of the ethical and societal implications of the test be?

Summary Introduction

To determine: Whether a genetic test would be a good idea to identify the MAOA mutation that causes aggressive behavior.

Introduction: Degeneration of neurotransmitters and mood regulation are the normal functions of MAOA (Monoamine oxidase type A). Mutated MAOA produces a protein, which is unable to degenerate the neurotransmitters. The mutated MAOA is associated with increased aggressiveness.

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Based on the findings gained from MAOA studies, it is conceivable that a genetic test could be developed to detect the MAOA affected individuals...

Summary Introduction

To determine: The process of testing the conclusion that the perfect pitch might be genetic.

Introduction: Degeneration of neurotransmitters and mood regulation are the normal function of MAOA. Mutated MAOA produces a protein which is unable to degenerate the neurotransmitters. The mutated MAOA is associated with increased aggressiveness.

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