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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, November 16, 2009

"Bad" Genese Not So Bad, After All

This recent article in the Atlantic Monthly describes an emerging theory in behavioral science called, among other names, the “orchid hypothesis.”  This theory posits that the genes associated with ADHD, depression, and other anti-social behavior can actually provide stability and success for people if they, as children, were raised in stable environments.  In other words, “bad” genes might have far-reaching benefits given a “good” childhood.  This theory has great implications for parenting and welfare policy.


Hat Tip: Elizabeth Ryznar

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