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"The rape gene"

Articles in The Daily Telegraph, The IndependentThe Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times (£) and The Sun (£) on Thursday 9th April reported on a study about the influence of genetic factors in sex offending. The study was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

The Sun’s headline read ‘The rape gene’. In fact, the research identified no such thing.

Professor Seena Fazel, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford: 

"We are definitely not saying that we have found a gene for sexual offending, rape or anything of the kind. What we have found is high-quality evidence from a large population study that genetic factors have a substantial influence on an increased risk of being convicted of sexual offences". 

Document type: For The Record

Published: 9 April 2015

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