An interesting twist on the murderous genes dilemma. Nature Vs Nurture?
Of course, in articles, there is some scientific discussion of the X variant that that causes an MAOA deficiency that then links to violent behaviour according to some studies.
This is also known by some as the ‘warrior gene’. Which of course, was very useful when we lived in small tribes and needed to defend ourselves against others but in today’s society, not so much. And adding this genetic trait to a soldier is a bad move.
But other scientific studies have linked this gene to serial killers or mass murderers and this is an on-going controversy.
There is evidence that psychopaths / sociopaths make up a significant proportion of the prison population – but what causes a psychopath? Are they born or made? And this is the underlying issue that this story centres around. If they are born then our ‘hero’ must remain unloved and isolated from any population that might cause this gene to function. But our hero hasn’t demonstrated the typical childhood behaviour of a psychopath – the animal killing etc – so does he really have this gene?