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Genetic Clues in the Newtown Massacre

Investigators are calling on scientists to comb Adam Lanza’s DNA for potential drivers of his violent behavior last week in Connecticut.

By | December 20, 2012

Police at Sand Hook Elementry, after the shooting on December 14, 2012.WIKIMEDIA< VOAOfficials in Connecticut are searching for any clues that may help them piece together the motivations of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man who killed his mother before going on a deadly shooting spree in an elementary school last Friday (December 14), gunning down 20 young children, and 6 other adults in the idyllic New England town of Newtown. According to The Hartford Courant, H. Wayne Carver, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, has invited a University of Connecticut geneticist to join him in the investigation of the killings. “I’m exploring with the department of genetics what might be possible, if anything is possible,” Carver told the Courant on Tuesday. “Is there any identifiable disease associated with this behavior?”

Some sources have averred that Lanza had Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, but that has yet to be definitively determined. Carver told the Courant that he is still awaiting toxicology reports that may further expose biological clues to Lanza’s violent act.

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Avatar of: ds sheriff

ds sheriff

Posts: 4

December 21, 2012

A touch from the mother during infancy, growing up in an environment of joint family, helping to grow with other chidlren in a positive way, restricitng the exposure of the child to violent movies or gaining access to assault weapons and constant vigil on the child development are key issues that every parent must look into. Apart from that assault weapons must be kept in a safe and secure place locked securely and away from the hands of adolescents. The Media must downplay these acts of very grave tragic events though done with a view to share the tragedy and newsworthiness of reporting or broadcasting them. Becasue there are few in the Viewers with such personality disorder who may get activated by viewing such events.

The DNA of every individual is not complex. But it becomes complex by the environemntal factors-call it a variation of epigenetics-as environgenetics. 

Parents "give love and affection to your children, be with them when they want you, incluidng breastfeed them, create a bonding that will help the child grow well with balanced emotional feelings." There is no use in finding factors outside of you for what had made Adam the monster he was from a tender infant. 

Avatar of: Mounthell

Mounthell

Posts: 14

December 25, 2012

@ds sheriff: True, the media should play it down.

However, both your analysis and your prescription are woefully simplistic and reflect a lack of familiarity with current literature.

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