Center on the Developing Child

‘Your Honor, My Genes Made Me Do It’

This opinion piece, co-authored by Center-affiliated faculty member Jordan Smoller, argues that, recent advances in brain science notwithstanding, “until we can make well-founded, scientifically sound and legally relevant links between genes, brains, and behaviors, judges, juries and the public should be wary of neuroscience in the courtroom.” Smoller is the director of psychiatric genetics and the associate vice chair of Massachusetts General Hospital’s psychiatry department.

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