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Unformatted text preview: traced to genetics but are the product of ones environment. But at that time, people were convinced that genes controlled these traits and that there was little one could do to interfere with the predestination that these genes brought to a persons life. Faced with this truth it was only logical that if we could not control these traits through a persons upbringing, then we must try to control them through eugenics and good breeding. Since then the support of eugenics by the Third Reich and its subsequent fall from power, as well as a better understanding of which traits are genetically controlled and which are a product of ones environment have led to a push away from eugenics. However, as the association between eugenics and the Third Reich begins Shaffer 2 to wear away, it seems the question Should we apply eugenics to the traits over which we have control? will be a very important and contested one....
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- Spring '07