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Genetic Crossroads
November 24th, 2003

"Eugenics and the Nazis-the California connection"
by Edwin Black (Nov. 9)

"Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent
and exterminated millions in his quest for a so-called Master
Race. But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master
Nordic race didn't originate with Hitler. The idea was created
in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades
before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an
important, although little-known, role in the American eugenics
movement's campaign for ethnic cleansing."


"Sex choice mum has two girls" (Nov. 3)

"A mother of four boys has given birth to twin girls after
going abroad to have sex selection treatment which is banned
in UK."


"Chirac urges global ethics law" (Oct. 15)

"French President Jacques Chirac has called for an international
convention on bioethics to prevent breakthroughs in scientific
research from being abused. In a strongly worded warning to
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's
(UNESCO's) general conference yesterday, Chirac said that bioethical
principles that carried the force of international law were
needed to address new issues raised by advances in genetic engineering
and biotechnology." http://www.biomedcentral.com/news/20031015/05

"Group Asks World Court to Rule Out Human Cloning"
(Oct. 8)

"Scientists, doctors and legal experts have asked the United
Nations to seek an advisory opinion from the World Court declaring
human cloning to be a crime against humanity. `The World Court
is the ultimate authority on international law, and an opinion
from the court would bring a very strong legal and moral force
to bear against the would-be cloners,' said attorney Bernard
Siegel of Coral Gables, Florida, who organized the initiative."


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