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Criminal Responsibility and Genetics

  1. Jennifer Bostock1,
  2. Gwen Adshead2,3

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005194



How to Cite

Bostock, J. and Adshead, G. 2006. Criminal Responsibility and Genetics. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Kings College London, London, UK

  2. 2

    Traumatic Stress Clinic, London, UK

  3. 3

    Broadmoor Hospital, Crowthorne, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

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What potential influence would a genetic predisposition to crime have on traditional moral and legal accounts of responsibility?


  • criminal/antisocial behavior;
  • genetic determinism;
  • free will;
  • responsibility;
  • law