Eugenics at the State Fair

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Meghna Mukherjee, ISSI Graduate Student in Residence, is co-author of "Making Better Babies? Past and Future State Fair Contests Evaluating Geneticized Worth," a chapter in Birthing Techno-Sapiens: Human-Technology Co-Evolution and The Future of Reproduction, published this year by Routledge. The chapter analyzes the Better Babies Contests which started in the 1910's to encourage "families to judiciously pair only the 'fittest' parents and reproduce only the most capable babies."

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