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eugenics, science, medicine, genetics, genetic engineering


In the definition of eugenics, it is very difficult to establish a clear distinction between science (medicine, genetic engineering) and eugenics. And to define a course of action on which genetic engineering should not go, in accordance with moral, legal and religious standards. As long as we accept the help of genetics in finding ways to fight cancer, diabetes or HIV, we also accept positive eugenics as it currently stands. And as long as we accept genetic testing and fetal interventions, or abortion, we implicitly accept negative eugenics. Furthermore, at the government level, although eugenics is officially denied, it was legalized in many countries until recently and is still accepted and legalized, even in subtle forms, including today.

Author Biography

Nicolae Sfetcu, Romanian Academy

Researcher - Romanian Academy - Romanian Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (CRIFST), History of Science Division (DIS)


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