THE US National Institute of Health (NIH) has halted
grant to a conference on 'Links between genetic
disposition and criminal behaviour', following complaints
that the conference might be a covert attack on African-
Americans, who constitute 46 per cent of prisoners in
The conference on genetic factors in crime,
scheduled for October in Maryland, USA, was described as
racist by critics on two talk shows on a cable network.
Following the shows, NIH received dozens of protest calls
from minority groups and decided to temporarily freeze
the grant of more than US$ 1,00,000 to the conference
organiser, the University of Maryland Institute for
Philosophy and Public Policy.
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