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Forensic Scientist Explains DNA Variants, Psychoactive Medication & Violence


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This is a fascinating, information-packed video from the YouTube series of "Medicating Normal" featuring Dr. Selma Eikelenboom-Schieveld, a doctor and forensic scientist, in conversation with Nicole Lamberson. I highly recommend that people take the time (just over an hour) to watch this amazing video. I only wish we -- and all of our doctors -- had all had access to the type of information that Dr. Eikelenboom-Schieveld shares here. The focus is on the CYP450 enzymes and how our individual genetic differences dictate how we react to various substances, including medications. This doctor worked on the case involving the Aurora movie theatre/theater shooter, among others, and she offers some insights on it towards the end of the video.



"Selma Eikelenboom-Schieveld: DNA Variants, Psychoactive Medication and Violence"




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Selma J. M. Eikelenboom-Schieveld is a forensic scientist at Independent Forensic Services (IFS) in Santa Fe, NM. She received a degree from the College for Social Work in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1976, followed by 10 years’ experience in psychotherapeutic treatment. Selma graduated from Medical School from the Free University in Amsterdam in 1992. She worked eight years as a resident in surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics, and internal medicine. From 2000 on, she focused on medical forensics as coroner for the city of Amsterdam and at the Biology Department of the Netherland’s Forensic Institute, the state forensic laboratory. In 2003, she started IFS, with her husband, who is a forensic DNA expert. In 2011 they moved to Colorado, and opened a second laboratory. Through her forensic medical work, she became interested in a possible association between DNA variants, psychoactive medication and violence. That became the emphasis of her work, leading to a research project with the University of Denver and a PhD in March 2021. In January of 2021 she and husband moved to Santa Fe, NM.



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