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Resurrection of phrenology? AI’s quest to link facial features and criminality has a shady Victorian legacy

'Phrenology’ has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting ...
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Planned Parenthood distances itself from its eugenics roots, removes founder Margaret Sanger’s name from its NYC building

[Planned Parenthood founder Margaret] Sanger, a public health nurse who opened the first birth control clinic in the United States ...
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Podcast: The dark connection between cancer research and the eugenics movement

Exploring how the stories of the 'cancer ladies' - Maud Slye and Pauline Gross - intersect with the eugenics movement ...
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Modern population genetics grew out of a shady eugenicist past

[A]s a faculty member at San Francisco State University (SFSU), a public institution that puts social justice at the center ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t let the coronavirus open a ‘back door’ to eugenics

The NHS response to Covid-19 has been incredible. It has shown the strong commitment by the medical profession and society ...
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Podcast: ‘How to argue with a racist’—geneticist Adam Rutherford challenges what he calls ‘pseudoscience’ in genetics and politics

Adam Rutherford explains how to argue with a racist, hunting for the ghosts in the human genome, and recreating the ...
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Modern love or eugenics? Genetics pioneer George Church’s dating app matches DNA to ‘wipe out’ inherited disease

George Church made a passing comment about a genetic dating app his lab was developing that he said could wipe ...
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‘It raises all kind of questions about eugenics’: Startup offering to screen embryos to help parents pick best babies

Anxious couples are approaching fertility doctors in the US with requests for a hotly debated new genetic test being called ...
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Eugenics offers a warning about the perils of scientists chasing a brighter future at the ‘cost of innocent individual lives’

We tend to associate eugenics with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, but it was in fact developed in London. Its ...
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Podcast: Francis Galton: Brilliant scientist—and eugenics pioneer. How do we address his racist legacy?

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores how Francis Galton's eugenic ideas led directly to some of the 20th century's worst atrocities ...
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Dark days: Examining Europe’s history of eugenics, including forced sterilizations in Sweden

In Sweden the self-examination has already begun. A government minister has admitted that “what went on is barbaric and a ...
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Viewpoint: The ‘Dangerous Idea’ of group differences is latest iteration of ‘left wing hysteria’ attack on evolutionary biology

Defending the veracity of racial biological differences are often, incorrectly, deemed to be justifications of social inequality ...
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Should we strive to engineer better humans?

While proposals like cognitive or moral enhancements to help create a less doomsday-prone population are quite speculative (and on occasion, ...
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Measuring intelligence and IQ, and the problems that presents

For more than a century, IQ tests have been used to measure IQ. But their use is hotly debated by ...
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Mitochondrial therapy—More than “three parent” babies—Stalls in ethical battle

Mitchondria DNA replacement is much more than "three parent babies." It might treat a wide range of diseases ...
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With global gene editing slow down, what’s the future of ‘designer babies?’

The prospect of designer babies--the stuff of futuristic movies--is now upon us with the advent of gene editing, stirring confusion ...