Eugenics


From Wikipedia


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Eugenics is "the study of, or belief in, the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics)."[2]

The science of Eugenics is based on pedigree's and Mendel's laws on the inheritance of traits. As 9th grader's at Cary Academy, we take a biology class and learn about genetics, including pedigrees. However, when the traits you are tracing are more complicated than eye or hair color, it gets a lot harder to do. This site explains the history of Eugenics as well as Eugenicists difficulties with tracing the more complex traits. Enter the archive to start reading.

Related Links

Eugenics.net (blocked at school for some reason?) - see Eugenics in Discussion

This link is to a website provided by the American Bioethics Advisory Commitee (it might be a little anti-eugenics biased)
http://www.all.org/abac/eugenics.htm

On the same site under the section "definitions" that can be found in the main menu their is a list of documents published by the pro-eugenics American Eugenics Society that offer a different view of eugenics.