Eugenics on the Web -- June 2020

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Numerous CRISPR articles were published this week, including articles that examine


the advent of new DNA editing tools called dual base editors:


the stock performances of several biotech companies:


the collaboration between two pharmaceutical companies to develop therapeutic agents, including for hemophilia:


how CRISPR could be used to treat cancer:



a genome editing consortium created by the Israeli government:,7340,L-3830112,00.html



using CRISPR as part of the development of a Covid vaccine:


using CRISPR to develop an at-home test for Covid:




In the news this week:


a short interview with Renee Tajima-Peña about her films, including No Más Bebés, about immigrant mothers who were sterilized in California: 


an article discussing the relationship among abortion, social justice, and liberal eugenics:


two student petitions:

Alberta high school students have requested a name change for their school because their current namesake was a supporter of eugenics:


University of Cambridge students have requested that a window commemorating Ronald Fisher be removed:


a statement from the president of the University of Southern California about removing the name and bust of former president, Rufus Von KleinSmid, from a building on campus because of his support for eugenics:


several articles referencing a report compiled by University College London regarding its past connection to eugenics, especially Karl Pearson and Francis Galton: (this is the report from February)


a debate on a British morning talk show about Winston Churchill and eugenics:


an article on the displacement of aboriginals from their land in late 19th century Australia based on then-prevalent notions of race:


an opinion piece on the effect of the bio revolution, which includes CRISPR:


and some other updates on using CRISPR

for Covid testing:




to edit bone marrow cells and possibly eliminate the need for blood transfusions in cases of beta thalassaemia and sickle cell disease:


to develop a treatment for hemophilia:


          to study glaucoma:


          to eliminate cat allergies:



In the news this week:


At universities:


The Michigan State University Graduate Employees Union started a petition to remove a senior vice president based on his advocacy of eugenics:


An assistant professor of biology at San Francisco State explores how eugenics has shaped her field:


The University of Southern California student newspaper has an update on students’ efforts to rename a campus building that had originally been named for past president and eugenics-supporter Rufus Von Kleid-Smid:


The Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina will review a petition to rename a residence hall; its current namesake, physician J. Marion Sims, was an early supporter of eugenics:


Indiana University is planning on renaming several buildings, including one named for former president and eugenics supporter David Starr Jordan:


University College London is going to rename buildings formerly named for Francis Galton and Karl Pearson:


An interview about Belly of the Beast, a film about sterilizing women in the California prison system:


An article on the history of eugenics on Malaga Island, in Maine:


An op-ed on the history of scientific racism:


An article about a podcast on the relationship between past cancer research and eugenics: 


The Mississippi state senate passed a bill that would prohibit abortions on the basis of race, sex, disability, or genetic makeup:


An interview with author Silvia Moreno-Garcia about her novel Mexican Gothic, where eugenics is part of the narrative:


CRISPR in the news:


The potential for genome editing in crops in Britain:


Scientists at the University of California, Riverside are using a supercomputer to study the interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and CRISPR:


Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute are preparing a publication about their recent efforts to use CRISPR to edit the human genome:


Computational biologists at MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have engineered proteins with enhanced genome editing capabilities:


Researchers in Austria are developing a CRISPR treatment for dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa:


Numerous articles on eugenics were published this week, including:

Renaming of building named for 1920s eugenicist president at the University of Maine

Removing of a window commemorating eugenics in Cambridge

Renaming of building and rooms named after Francis Galton at UCL

Japan medical community asked to apologise for eugenic procedures

‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders For Disabled Covid Patients

A sci-fi legend’s praise for eugenics

A selection of suggested readings on race and science