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The Science of Human PerfectionHow Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine$
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Nathaniel Comfort

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169911

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169911.001.0001

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Epilogue The Eugenic Impulse

Epilogue The Eugenic Impulse

(p.240) Epilogue The Eugenic Impulse
The Science of Human Perfection

Nathaniel Comfort

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that the completion of a reference sequence for the human genome in 2000 marked a threshold for the development of the Garrodian approach to human heredity. This biochemical, disease-oriented approach is typically depicted as a symbol that indicates that human genetics has escaped its eugenic roots. The Garrodian idea helped change genetics: on the one hand from a simplistic approach to something more complex and on the other hand, to a more simple, well-defined one. This significantly helped geneticists reject the simple-minded determinism and ideology that the eugenics era promoted.

Keywords:   eugenics, human genetics, Garrodian approach, human heredity, determinism

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