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Eugenics is the study of
A. altering human beings by changing their genetic components
B. people of European origin
C. different races of mankind
D. genetic of plants
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Answer: A: altering human beings by changing their genetic components.
Eugenics is a set of beliefs and practices that aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population. The exact definition of eugenics has been a matter of debate since the term was coined.
Frederick Osborn’s 1937 journal article “Development of a Eugenic Philosophy” framed it as a social philosophy—that is, a philosophy with implications for social order. That definition is not universally accepted. Osborn advocated for higher rates of sexual reproduction among people with desired traits (positive eugenics), or reduced rates of sexual reproduction and sterilization of people with less-desired or undesired traits (negative eugenics).
Alternatively, gene selection rather than “people selection” has recently been made possible through advances in genome editing.