A scientist is claiming it is possible to identify youngsters who will grow up to lead a life of crime by examining their brains as babies.
He says a certain abnormality which affects the brain's emotional centre appeared in six-month-old infants who then went on to commit more crimes than unaffected individuals as adults.
Psychologist Dr Adrian Raine, a former Home Office scientist who now works at Pennsylvania University, said: 'Seeds of sin are sown quite early in life. The time will come when we will be able to predict which individuals are predicated to become offenders.'
Dr Raine is also working on research to find out if Omega 3 supplements can help aggressive children with behavioural issues, on the basis the fatty acid can help the building of brain cells and improve brain function.
What do you think?
Do you think some children are born bad?
Or is it nurture, not nature?
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