Fwd Call for re-think on eugenics ?
- The condemnation of eugenics went too far and it needs reassessment,
a leading scientist is arguing. Eugenics is the science of using
genetics ostensibly to "improve" mankind.
The idea that this was a good thing had wide currency throughout the
early part of the 20th century.
However, the concept got a bad name in the 1930s when the Nazis
determined that they would use it to create a "master race".
Now Richard Lynn, Emeritus professor of Psychology at the University
of Ulster, has written a book in which he says it is time for a re-
He told the BBC that advances in medical technology, such as the pre-
natal diagnosis of pregnant women for genetically disordered
foetuses, meant that in a sense eugenics was already being practised.
"The general principle of eugenics, that we could improve the
genetic quality of the population need taking seriously.
"The new medical technology of eugenics is going to take off,
because it satisfies the needs of individuals, both for themselves
and as parents.
BBC News Online
Friday, 26 April, 2002, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Call for re-think on eugenics
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