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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:20 PM

 

DNA of Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza to be examined for 'evil' gene

Scientists have been asked to study the DNA of Newtown school killer Adam Lanza to see if has an 'evil' gene that led him to carry out the massacre.

The study, which will look at any abnormalities or mutations in his individual DNA, is believed to be the first of its kind ever carried out on a mass murderer.

The study of the killer's DNA has been ordered by Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver who carried out the post mortems on all the victims.

He has contacted geneticists at University of Connecticut's to conduct the study.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253797/DNA-Sandy-Hook-killer-Adam-Lanza-examined-evil-gene-study-kind-conducted-mass-murderer.html#ixzz2GJEJIL25

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Reply DNA of Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza to be examined for 'evil' gene (Original post)
dkf Dec 2012 OP
Barack_America Dec 2012 #1
dkf Dec 2012 #3
Bjorn Against Dec 2012 #4
LisaL Dec 2012 #12
Barack_America Dec 2012 #13
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #2
dkf Dec 2012 #6
haikugal Dec 2012 #7
Gregorian Dec 2012 #5
Rosa Luxemburg Dec 2012 #8
devilgrrl Dec 2012 #10
Angry Dragon Dec 2012 #9
madinmaryland Dec 2012 #11
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #14

Response to dkf (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:27 PM

1. Did his father agree to this?

Or was the study of his genome just ordered by the medical examiner?

Interesting ethical question if it's the latter.

"will look at any abnormalities or mutations in his individual DNA".

Hope their study is a little more focused than this or I doubt they'll find much. We all have "abormalities or mutations".

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:35 PM

3. Nothing about the father in that article...

 

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:37 PM

4. Research of DNA evidence is routine in criminal investigations

I realize that this is different than the DNA studies that have occured in criminal investigations in the past, but the previous precedent for using DNA in criminal investigations probably allows them to do this without the family's permission.

I don't know whether or not they will find anything, but I think scientific knowledge has the potential to do good in the future so I think this is a good thing. I admit that I may not be aware of the potential problems however so if someone could tell me a compelling reason to oppose this I may reconsider.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:00 AM

12. Adam Lanza was an adult.

Why would they need his father's permission?

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Response to LisaL (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:42 AM

13. Next of kin. Do you think they got Adam's permission?

Don't forget that Adam and his father (and brother) share the same DNA. So, what is unearthed about Adam's genome could be shared by them.

Say, for example, Adam is found to have a mutation for a disease like Huntington's, which is autosomal dominant and almost universally fatal. Do the researchers then have an obligation to tell his family that they have a high chance of coming down with this disease?

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:32 PM

2. Oh Christ. Anymore I just shut down when words like "evil" or "monster" are used.

He was a severely deranged young man. Nothing more.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:39 PM

6. They might be looking for this:

 

So far, the strongest evidence that genetics play a role in violent behavior comes out of research on MAOA, a gene that produces a substance called monoamine oxidase.

http://news.yahoo.com/trouble-adam-lanzas-dna-191227974.html

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:02 PM

7. I have the same reaction....

it smells of religion and I can see a future where DNA is checked for 'evil'....ugh.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:39 PM

5. Good lord. My 30 second "study" says he was shit on, and had nobody to help him work it out.

And no, everybody who has had troubles doesn't kill. But give them a gun, tell them things, don't teach them morals, and about a hundred other things his parent did and didn't do, and you have a ready made Lanza.

Shit, these people are looking for magic, when the answers are pretty bland and normal.

I keep saying it, and it tends to get flamed, but it's the parenting. There are other things, but it's the parenting.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:43 PM

8. Daily Mail!!!

ugh!

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:03 AM

9. I think all republicans should be examined also

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:17 AM

11. I think your avatar needs a helmet...

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:46 AM

14. Maybe the M.E. should call in a good Phrenologist

leave no stone unturned.

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