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XYY chromosomal constituion in criminal psychopaths.

The Cytogenetic Laboratory, Aarhus State Hospital, Risskov, and the Institution for Criminal Psychopaths, Herstedvester, Denmark.
The Lancet (Impact Factor: 45.22). 10/1968; 2(7567):576. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(68)92444-6
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