Eugenics yesterday and today | Insider HS

Science is one of the main reasons humans have progressed over the years, from discovering fire to creating the internet. Science is a truly fascinating subject; however, there are times when science can go too far. Even science, despite all its advantages, can be used for evil purposes. One such malicious use of science was the study of eugenics, or what many people like to call scientific racism.

What is eugenics?

According to National Institute for Human Genome Research, the theory of eugenics states that perfect humans can be achieved by eliminating all other undesirable genetics that people are born with, such as genetic diseases. To achieve this goal, a mother and father with favorable genetics will breed and create a child, and in theory that child will continue with other people with favorable genetics until we get the perfect person. Segregation and persecution are used against those who were considered bad bread.

modern eugenics

According Alpha History, the Nazi party was strongly influenced by eugenics. From 1933 to 1945, the Germans carried a plan that would “cleanse” society, a plan that would eliminate the negative genetic qualities of the German people, called the German Euthanasia Program. The Nazis believed that those who were genetically ill should be sterilized and killed. They believed in the superiority of races: the German race was the perfect race, while basically the Jews were considered by anti-Semites to be the worst of races. The “hereditary health” law was passed by Hitler, obliging doctors to register all health defects of a German civilian, except for women aged 45 and over. The courts considered these cases one by one to determine whether or not the recorded person should be killed or not. There was also a ban on mixed marriages. The law for the protection of the genetic health of the German people was a law according to which couples wishing to marry must first obtain a certificate from the public health office. The couple would declare that the proposed marriage would not produce an ill-bred child.

And after?

According to Disability and Philopathy Forum, a technology known as CRISPR, allows parents to alter the traits and DNA of their children. It is used to treat many diseases such as hemophilia, cystic fibrosis and even cancer. All of this may sound nice at first, but thanks to this new kind of technology, human expectations and eugenic attitudes were going to change society. People may increasingly disapprove of existing disabled people. A country’s government may require pregnant women to use CRISPR.

As technology advances, the threat of eugenics and other forms of scientific racism also increases.

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