Why Breeding Pedigree Dogs Is Just Eugenics By Another Name

Eugenics is the now-defunct (and creepy!) practice of breeding supposedly superior humans to achieve genetic improvements while sterilizing undesirables. Sound familiar? It's the exact same thing we now do to dogs and it's responsible for a range of health and behavioral issues in them. — Ed. » 3/17/15 7:24pm 3/17/15 7:24pm

The Fascinating History of Eugenics

The name deriving from the Greek "eugenes," meaning "well-born," it should be no surprise that "eugenics" seeks to engineer a better human race by purposefully selecting good traits, and eliminating bad ones, as is common when breeding animals. Over the years, eugenics has had a number of proponents, from some of the… » 2/13/14 6:45am 2/13/14 6:45am

Making Designer Babies Was Supposed to Be Just Like Shopping for Seeds

Fears over "designer babies" were common long before we understood the science of genetics well enough to actually produce them. For many, the idea of predetermining a child's eye color or trying to influence their intelligence or athletic prowess through genetics is the very definition of dystopia. It probably… » 11/21/13 4:10pm 11/21/13 4:10pm

Fat-Shaming Eugenicist Will Get His Own Statue in Silicon Valley

Good job internet! Nikola Tesla—a noted promoter of eugenics who hated fat people and once fired one of his secretaries for being overweight—will soon have his very own statue in Silicon Valley! » 6/03/13 4:14pm 6/03/13 4:14pm