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  • BioEdge: Remembering Nikola Tesla, eugenicist
    II The year 2100 will see eugenics universally established In past ages the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains Then man s new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature As a result we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit The only method compatible with our notions of civilization and the race is to prevent the breeding of the unfit by sterilization and the deliberate guidance of the mating instinct Several European countries and a number of states of the American Union sterilize the criminal and the insane This is not sufficient The trend of opinion among eugenists sic is that we must make marriage more difficult Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal Tesla is a hard man to pigeonhole But perhaps his views were driven by his mechanistic view of human nature In the same interview he asserted that Man like the universe is a machine And rather than technology adapting to human needs humans need to adapt to technology At present we suffer from the derangement of our civilization because we have not yet completely adjusted ourselves to the machine age The solution of our problems does not lie in destroying but in mastering the machine Tesla s admirers lament the fact that many of his ideas died with him Perhaps this is one which is better off forgotten MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics Nikola Tesla This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/remembering_nikola_tesla_eugenicist/11046 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Virginia’s compulsory vasectomy
    He has also agreed not to reverse the vasectomy which is difficult in any case as long as he is on probation The quirky conditions of Herald s sentence which went viral on the internet provoked much commentary It was called temporary negative eugenics at Jezebel and at Slate reproductive coercion Perhaps Ms White lacks a sense of history or she would have sensed the irony of compulsory sterilization in Virginia In 2002 the 75th anniversary of a notorious Supreme Court decision Buck v Bell Virginia Governor Mark Warner publicly apologized for the state s past involvement in eugenics He said The eugenics movement was a shameful effort in which state government never should have been involved Carrie Buck was a young woman whom the commonwealth of Virginia wanted to sterilise because she came from bad stock The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court which ruled in an 8 1 decision against Ms Buck The majority ruling was written in 1927 by the legendary Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr whose imperishable argument was It is better for all the world if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes Three generations of imbeciles are enough After nearly a century perhaps the commonwealth of Virginia has come full circle in its attitude toward eugenics Except that now two generations seem to be enough MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics Virginia This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/virginias_compulsory_vasectomy/11026 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    supervised probation and two years unsupervised probation and a vasectomy Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Virginia (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: New technique could lead to “risky eugenics”, says IVF pioneer
    manipulate embryos Only artificial insemination would be needed Artificial insemination is an easy way to get something pregnant You just modify the sperm beforehand The idea we had was not using embryos at all We ve always been interested in trying to make transplant organs from the pig which would not be recognised by the human immune system It s a step forward in genetic research which is really interesting because if you can modify large animals and you don t need to use IVF then obviously the biggest large animals clearly is ourselves But he acknowledges that the technique could be misused by rogue scientists You could easily see how this kind of thing could be used in North Korea for example I don t think it s very likely it will be used in the UK in a mischievous way but I ve no doubt that given the burgeoning market given the desperation of people who want to enhance their children in all sorts of ways humans might be tempted to use this and that therefore it does become a form of eugenics Every piece of science has an upside and a downside There comes a point where you have to publish what you ve been doing I m not trying to make an exaggerated claim for what we have done at all but I think the reproductive technologies are being misused in my view This is far more likely to be a serious threat than cloning Cloning seems a useless technology MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics genetic engineering This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/new_technique_could_lead_to_risky_eugenics_says_ivf_pioneer/11001 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Lord Winston warns of eugenics in IVF
    qualities could mean we end up with a society where some people may actually have something that might threaten our humanity Lord Winston himself pioneered a form of pre implantion genetic screening that allowed parents to screen embryos for gender Winston s comments have generated mixed reactions Philippa Taylor of the Christian Medical Fellowship told the Daily Mail If Lord Winston is saying this I hope that people take notice He is someone who is an expert in the area but also someone who sees the bigger picture Dr Allan Pacey the chairman of the British Fertility Society said he doubts we will ever have the skill to alter complex traits such as musical ability He added The law prohibits it even if it was technically possible MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics genetic screening IVF This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/lord_winstons_warns_of_eugenics_in_ivf/10954 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: FDA to study “three-parent embryos”
    which is promoting an open letter to the FDA It claims that mitochondrial transfer is unsafe is effectively experimentation on unconsenting human subjects and would only help a handful of women Most importantly it constitutes germline modification a form of eugenics This is a bright line which no country has ever stepped across We strongly believe that clinical trials should not be permitted because of the profound safety efficacy policy and social problems they would pose We question the ethics of bringing children into existence by experimental techniques that have had developmentally poor outcomes in studies using both animal and human oocytes We are also concerned about the contravention of widespread prohibitions against human germline genetic modification that approval of clinical trials would represent and about the possible precedent such approval could set for additional human germline modifications MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics mitochondrial replacement three parent embryos This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/fda_to_study_three_parent_embryos/10848 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Calls for Virginia to compensate sterilization victims
    re not going to ever come close to compensating for their loss said Hope But he added it s a first step toward healing It s horrible that we participated in this and became an example for the Third Reich Marshall said Media outlets around the nation have expressed their resounding support for the move If North Carolina can do the right thing by making 10 million in one time payments so can Virginia wrote the editorial team of the Washington Post Virginia had one of the most aggressive sterilization campaigns out of any US state Between 1924 and 1979 they conducted around 7500 sterilizations It was a Virginia case inspired the famous 1927 Supreme Court decision that sanctioned eugenics Three generations of imbeciles are enough wrote the Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics informed consent sterilization This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/calls_for_virginia_to_compensate_sterilization_victims/10814 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: The eugenicist sympathies of IVF pioneer Robert Edwards
    in Scientific American last week Edwards was a card carrying member of the Eugenics Society now called the Galton Institute and advocated the genetic selection of the strongest embryos available for IVF procedures He was not just concerned with avoiding grave disability Eugenics was for him an opportunity to raise the skill level in our society any scientific method of potential value in raising human standards should be considered and human reproductive cloning might contribute towards this end by providing pools of talent he said in 1974 Edwards served on the organization s council its leadership body as a trustee on three separate occasions the last being 1995 1997 MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics IVF Robert Edwards This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the_eugenicist_sympathies_of_ivf_pioneer_robert_edwards/10714 (2016-02-18)
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