Should parents be allowed to build their babies by design?
Imagine a future society where parents can choose the characteristics of their children. Does that turn babies into consumer products., and what choice does the child get?
Morningstar Mercredi, pictured on November 16, 2018, woke up from a surgery at 14 and discovered her developing baby was gone. What remained was an incision from her panty line to her belly button, cut without her permission.
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Recent revelations of the coerced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada are part of a long, complex and disturbing history -- in which feminism became a fight to keep one's own children.
A Chinese scientist claims he edited the DNA of twin girls during an in vitro fertilization procedure.
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A Chinese scientist has revealed he edited the DNA of twin girls born through in vitro fertilization. These girls are designed to be resistant to HIV. Is the edit a medical necessity or an enhancement?
Eugenics was previously the realm of social biology.
If those who survive are the fittest, does that also make them the best? And if so, is engineering 'better' babies just evolution, or another step in a long history of eugenics?
Historically, many American universities helped lay the foundation for eugenics, a pseudoscience used to justify racism.
Since US universities once stood at the forefront of the eugenics movement and its racist ideas, they should right the wrongs of the past by pursuing diversity on campus, two scholars argue.
Marie Stopes in her laboratory.
It's been 100 years since a book written by Marie Stopes revolutionsed the way that people talked about sex.
Postcard of the Napa State Hospital in Napa, Calif., circa 1905. Over 1,900 Californians were recommended for sterilization while patients here.
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About 20,000 Californians were once sterilized under state eugenics laws. New research shows Latinos were disproportionately targeted. Is there any opportunity today to address these wrongs?
What might first seem unarguable starts to look shaky when you bring twins into the equation.
A connection can be made in between Ursula Le Guin’s fiction and her father’s groundbreaking work in anthropology.
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Le Guin's father, Alfred Kroeber, was at a forefront of a movement that rejected social Darwinism and cultural superiority. In his daughter's fiction, we see these ideas come to life.
An 1883 phrenology chart.
The Victorians believed that the shape and size of the skull could reveal details about a person’s demeanour. Now it's been put to the test.
The roots of organic farming in the United Kingdom can be traced to the fascism movement that began after the First World War.
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Organic farming has roots in 20th century fascism, challenging the assumption that environmentalism and progressive politics are symbiotic.
From a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.
Toby Young at West London Free School in 2012.
Toby Young’s comments on meritocracy, and 'progressive eugenics' are shocking, but the history of its long association is far more disturbing.
Homeless people in India wait to receive a free meal in Kolkata in 2011.
When high income researchers take their unethical methods abroad it's the poor who suffer.
For over a century, IQ tests have been used to measure intelligence. But can it really be measured?
The legitimacy of the IQ test is still hotly debated.
Disability prejudice in the classroom can teach children early on that some lives are more worthy than others.
Two university professors explore their unlikely longtime friendship, providing lessons for parents of both "abled" and disabled children today.
Why research that links our social behaviour to our genes is still controversial today.
CRISPR uses segments of bacterial DNA that can make targeted cuts in a genome when paired with a specific guide protein.
Controversy over a Chinese study that used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology shows how the West still looks at the East through the lens of Orientalism.
Volunteers clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
There are few things Americans like more than lists and money, but ranking philanthropists on the monetary size of their giving distorts our understanding of generosity, argues one ethicist.
Research that finds links between genes and intelligence could worsen social inequality.