ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Is a New Eugenics Afoot?

Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 59-61
DOI: 10.1126/science.1066325

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During the first three decades of the 20th century, eugenics became a popular concept in several countries throughout the world, especially the United States and, after World War I, in Germany. In his essay, Allen provides a historical account of this early eugenics movement and asks whether we are now moving toward a new era of eugenics, where reproductive decisions are made on the basis of social cost.

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