History of Biology Seminars

1993 Seminar: Human Genetics in the 20th Century, The Science and Politics of Human Heredity

Woods Hole, MA


The seminar explored the history of scientific of scientific efforts to understand human heredity, with particular attention to the development of human genetics in the United States. Themes included clinical and eugenic aspects of human genetic studies, the history of efforts to control human evolution, ethical questions arising from present as well as past attempts at such control, and the social construction of scientific knowledge.

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