Vol. 5, No. 1, 1999 Page 4


"People who turn into monsters may begin with a relatively small neurological fault that is amplified into something disastrous by a malign environment. In some, however, the brain fault seems to be the most important factor: one study of 38 men and women n charged with murder found that 26 came from 'good' homes, and their crimes were inexplicable in conventional sociological terms."
Rita Carter, author of
Mapping the Mind, in the
London Independent, Oct. 30, 1998

"'This is probably the most under-diagnosed of all developmental disabilities,' said Colleen Matarelli, a registered nurse who coordinates fetal alcohol syndrome programs.... Prisons are filled with undiagnosed inmates with [fetal alcohol syndrome and fet tal alcohol effects], she believes. 'The Department of Corrections is a welfare system for this clientele,' she said."
Elaine Hopkins, Peoria Journal
Star, November 29, 1998

"One of the most surprising findings of behavior genetics has been that, statistically speaking, family environment plays no consistent role in determining personality or intelligence.... `In my more cavalier mode I [would say] that all that stuff psychol logy and sociology are made of-you know, parents influencing their kids-doesn't amount to squat,' says [genetics researcher Lindon] Eaves."
"The mysteries of twins," Arthur Allen, Washington Post,
January 11, 1998

"The focus [of neurotoxicology research] has shifted from description of frank neurotoxicity observed in a relatively few individuals to more subtle impairment in a much greater number of children. With this shift has come the recognition that subtle defi icits such as a small decrease in IQ can have important societal impact when large numbers of children are affected. For example, the result of a 1 microgram/dL decrease in blood lead concentration in children in the United States with blood lead concentr rations between 10 and 20 micrograms/dL would translate into a savings of 5-7.5 billion U.S. dollars a year in increased earning power alone."
Deborah C. Rice, in
Canadian Journal of Public Health, May-June 1998

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