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Daniel Kevles traces the study and practice of eugenics - the science of "improving" the human species by exploiting theories of heredity - from its inception in the late 19th century to its most recent manifestation within the field of genetic engineering. Dealing seriously and objectively with the development of human genetics as a scientific and medical discipline, it also contains stories of competition and conflict among scientists who have dominated the field.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674445574
ISBN-10: 0674445570
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 28mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Daniel J. Kevles

Daniel Kevles is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History and Law at Yale University.

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