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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1890- )

By: Rachel Gur-Arie | Published: Jun 21, 2014

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a non-profit research institution that specializes in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, quantitative…

OrganizationWatson, James D., 1928-EugenicsBacteriophagesBrenner, Sydney

Human Betterment Foundation (1928-1942)

By: Jill Briggs | Published: Jul 10, 2013

In 1928 Ezra Seymour Gosney founded the non-profit Human Betterment Foundation (HBF) in Pasadena, California to support the research and publication…

OrganizationCaliforniaInvoluntary SterilizationSterilization (Birth control)Human reproduction

Heart of a Dog (1925), by Mikhail Bulgakov

By: Grace Kim | Published: May 29, 2017

Собачье сердце (Heart of a Dog) is a novella written in 1925 by author and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov in Moscow, USSR, later Russia. An early…

LiteratureEugenicsCommunismSoviet UnionCensorship

Buck v. Bell (1927)

By: Nathalie Antonios, Christina Raup | Published: Jan 01, 2012

In 1927, the US Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell set the legal precedent that states may sterilize inmates of public institutions because the court…

LawEugenicsConstitutional courtsSterilization (Birth control)Involuntary Sterilization

Sterilization Act of 1924

By: Nathalie Antonios | Published: Apr 14, 2011

The passage of the Virginia Sterilization Act of 1924 demonstrates how science has been used to drive policy throughout history. In the case of the…

LawEugenicsReproductionpublic health

Francis Galton (1822-1911)

By: Cera R. Lawrence | Published: Apr 06, 2011

Sir Francis Galton was a British science writer and amateur researcher of the late nineteenth century. He contributed greatly to the fields of…

PeopleGalton, Francis, 1822-1911GeneticsReproductionBiography

Eugenical Sterilization in the United States (1922), by Harry H. Laughlin

By: Rachel Gur-Arie | Published: Aug 12, 2015

Eugenical Sterilization in the United States is a 1922 book in which author Harry H. Laughlin argues for the necessity of compulsory sterilization in…

LiteratureEugenicsInvoluntary SterilizationHeredityEugenics Record Office

Better Babies Contests in the United States (1908–1916)

By: Reem Gerais | Published: Jul 19, 2017

Better babies contests were competitions held in state fairs throughout the US during the early twentieth century in which babies between the ages of…

EugenicsEugenics--United StatesEugenics--United States--HistoryAgricultural exhibitionscompetitions

Better Babies Contests in the United States (1908–1916)

By: Reem Gerais | Published: May 04, 2017

Better babies contests were competitions held in state fairs throughout the US during the early twentieth century in which babies between the ages of…

EugenicsEugenics--United StatesEugenics--United States--HistoryAgricultural exhibitionscompetitions

David Starr Jordan (1851-1931)

By: Jill Briggs | Published: Jun 26, 2013

David Starr Jordan studied fish and promoted eugenics in the US during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his work, he embraced…

EugenicsEvolutionEmbryosEmbryologyHeredity

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