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The Perfect Baby -- Eugenics, Race, and Bioethics

Extreme Screen at Union Station
400 West Pershing Road,
Kansas City, Missouri
May 26, 2010

Glenn McGee is a native Texan and graduated from Baylor in 1990. He received his MA and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 2004, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in genetics funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH. In addition to his role as holder of the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics, Dr. McGee is the founding editor of bioethics’ leading journal, The American Journal of Bioethics, and editor in chief of its entire family of journals, including the new AJOB Neuroscience and AJOB Primary Research. In 2000 Baylor named him outstanding young alumnus and in 2008 one of the “top 150 graduates of all time.”

Dr. McGee discusses eugenics, past and present, both in Germany and the United States. Eugenics investigated human heredity, defining differences between individuals and groups in terms of “superior” and “inferior” traits. It focused on the social impact of genetic information and emphasized the value of “superior blood” in contrast to the menace of “inferior blood.” Are you well-born? That’s one of the questions addressed.