Is Kenya breeding slowly a gene for violence? Kenya breeding slowly a gene for violence?

Recent acts of violence within our country and which continue to mar serious security challenges could finally be linked to genotype MAOA or CDH13 – studies reveals

According to Wikipedia, genotype can be defined as the genetic makeup of a cell, an organism, or an individual usually with reference to a specific characteristic under consideration – the characteristic under consideration hereby being violence.

Earlier this week a study was published in Molecular Psychiatry titled “Genetic background of extreme violent behavior.”

Research from two independent cohorts of Finnish prisoners, revealed that a monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) low-activity genotype (contributing to low dopamine turnover rate) as well as the CDH13 gene (coding for neuronal membrane adhesion protein) are associated with extremely violent behavior (at least 10 committed homicides, attempted homicides or batteries).

No substantial signal was observed for either MAOA or CDH13 among non-violent offenders, indicating that findings were specific for violent offending, and not largely attributable to substance abuse or antisocial personality disorder.

The level at which violence is skyrocketing in our society has become topic of the day forming lead story.For instance stories like “Mr so and so kills his wife with a blunt machete” or “Kuugereria university closed after students riot” continues to form debate within the public domain.

Yesterday ouster of a top executive from office by affiliate members of a
political party to hungry ‘Kanjos, terrorizing mama mboga’s reveals that MAOA or CDH13 is associated with someone somewhere.

My opinion is that this test be conducted especially to our leaders so that there level of violence can be determined before oath of office.

So next time before you cast your stone or you wield a sharp panga to someone please know your makeup or simply you could be passing this alleles to your 4th, 5th and 6th generation.

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