Extremely violent crimes tied to gene in study of 700 criminals

October 28, 2014 8:26 PM

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NEW YORK - A gene previously linked to risk-taking and aggression appears to contribute to extreme violent behavior as well, according to a study that may open the way for treatments to prevent such behavior.

The gene, identified in an analysis of more than 700 criminal offenders, is one of two spotlighted in a study published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The second gene is associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the authors wrote.

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