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eugenics




The study and application of scientifically directed selection in order to improve the genetic endowment of human populations. Eugenic control was first suggested by Francis Galton in the 1880s. People supporting eugenics suggest that those with "good" traits should be encouraged to have children while those with "bad" traits should be discouraged or forbidden from having families. But who is to decide which traits are "good?"


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