Scientist seek biological reasons behind commission of crimes

On behalf of Philip Nathe

When most people are looking for a place to live, one of the most important factors is how safe the area is. This is likely the case in Dupage County as well as throughout the state of Illinois. To many, the best way to avoid being the victim of a crime is to take preventative measures to try to reduce the odds of it happening. Scientists have taken up that mantle in an attempt to try to determine the factors that contribute to criminal behavior.

While none of the studies conducted into the matter are completely conclusive, they do provide some things to contemplate. In addition to risk factors in the environment, many believe criminal behaviors are due to a combination of physical and genetic conditions. The biology aspect has proven to be particularly interesting to scientists who have been prompted to do things such as study the brains of serial killers and psychopaths. Children have also been studied.

Not everyone is excited about the direction these studies are taking. It is possible that some imagine a world where a young person will be treated differently just because of what his or her biology says about the odds that they will engage in violent crime. Since researchers believe that biology on its own is not enough to lead someone into that life, such a move would be problematic. This could play out in several ways but would almost certainly violate the rights of those who have not actually done anything wrong.

Source:, “Markers for crime raise thorny questions,” Stacey Burling, Apr. 30, 2013

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Scientist seek biological reasons behind commission of crimes