Genetics only determines a small amount of how people act. There is a middle ground between nature and nurture that affects how people behave. Studies have shown that people with the gene DRD4 cause people to
be more aggressive. Studies have shown that with positive changes, the aggressive behavior decreases. Many lawyers are arguing that their clients can’t be held responsible for a crime because they have a gene that causes them to be violent. Lawyers also argue that the way people are brought up can be used to show their clients can’t be held responsible. There has been a recent aggression study in fruit flies. Scientists are
hopefully that this is just the first step to studying how genes can affect behavior. Ge-
netics should be taken into account to a certain extent. There are many cases of people with the “aggression gene,” DRD4 that aren’t violent. There needs to be more tests run to determine the full affect of these specific genes. People are affected not only their genes, but also how they were raised. Children who are sexually assaulted are more likely to become an offender when they are older, then someone who wasn’t assaulted. There is a middle ground between nature and nurture that affect people and their behavior.