A Caltech Library Service

The History of Eugenics

Kevles, Daniel J. (2016) The History of Eugenics. Issues in Science and Technology, 32 (3). pp. 45-49. ISSN 0748-5492.

Full text is not posted in this repository. Consult Related URLs below.

Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


The human race today stands at a threshold unlike any in the past: it now possesses tools to reshape its own hereditary capacities, perhaps even to realize the dream of eugenicists that human beings might take charge of their own evolution. Over a long time, CRISPR could change the future of humanity, but no one is rushing into it. As President Barack Obamas science adviser John Holdren has said, human germline editing “is a line that should not be crossed at this time.” The question is, will anyone be able to police that line? We are living in the age of biocapitalism, and it is entirely possible that commercial and consumer interests could find a way around the current commitments and controls of governments.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Additional Information:© 2016 University of Texas at Dallas.
Issue or Number:3
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20161027-103500759
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:Kevles, Daniel J. "The History of Eugenics." Issues in Science and Technology 32, no. 3 (Spring 2016)
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:71537
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:27 Oct 2016 17:45
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 16:08

Repository Staff Only: item control page