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Eugenics: Contemporary Echoes

  1. Troy Duster

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005605



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Duster, T. 2006. Eugenics: Contemporary Echoes. eLS. .

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  1. New York University, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Eugenics, the attempt to influence human breeding in the collective to ‘better’ human genetic stock, was popular between 1890 and 1938 in both the United States and Europe. Latent and subtle elements of eugenic thinking still persist in genetic screening and testing, and in genetic-marker profiles of criminal suspects in forensic science.


  • eugenics;
  • human betterment;
  • genetic screening