alexa Mean genes and the biology of aggression: a critical review of recent animal and human research.
Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy

Author(s): Balaban E, Alper JS, Kasamon YL

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Abstract Recent genetic work has suggested that abnormalities in serotonin biochemistry are directly causally linked to aggressive behavior, and there appears to be a consensus in the psychiatric literature that low levels of the serotonin metabolite 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) in cerebrospinal fluid are specifically associated with impulsive violent behavior. We review the limitations of the genetic studies and conduct a meta-analysis of 39 studies linking 5-HIAA to aggression in humans. No differences in mean 5-HIAA levels were found between groups of violent impulsive psychiatric patients and groups of subjects diagnosed with other psychiatric or medical conditions not considered to involve violence once these levels had been corrected for three nonpsychiatric sources of variation (age, sex and height). However, mean 5-HIAA levels in both of these groups were lower than the mean corrected level in groups of normal healthy volunteers. The results confirm an association between low 5-HIAA levels and psychiatric disorders, but fail to support any specific relationship between low 5-HIAA levels and impulsive aggression or criminality. It is premature and misleading to speak of "mean genes" (Hen 1996) or a specific neurochemistry of aggressive behavior.
This article was published in J Neurogenet and referenced in Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy

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