Geneticophobia and the Implications of Screening for the XYY Genotype in Newborn Infants

  • Ernest B. Hook


The programs involving screening of newborn populations for abnormal chromosome genotype, in particular the study at the Boston Hospital for Women, have been subject to well publicized criticism because of the alleged consequences for infants (and their families) with XYY genotype detected in such studies (1–5). These criticisms have focused on some specific aspects of the Boston study, but they have much broader significance. Among other issues, they directly raise the question of the relationship of the XYY genotype to behavior and the broader social implications of such a purported relationship.


Behavioral Difficulty Adverse Circumstance Security Setting Boston Study Newborn Population 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernest B. Hook
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.New York State Department of HealthBirth Defects InstituteUSA
  2. 2.Albany Medical CollegeUSA

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