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Davenport's involvement in the American eugenics movement and Nazism, James Watson

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Interviewee: James Watson. James Watson discusses the founding of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics, the German equivalent of the Eugenics Record Office. Here he talks about Eugen Fischer and Charles Davenport both believed in negative eugenics to prevent those with "bad genes" from reproducing. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > In the third reich > Taking the torch > A common interest)
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Fischer was asked by Davenport to be the president of the third International Congress of Eugenics, so, they were buddies, you might say, they believed in improving human beings through negative selection, that is, not allowing bad genes to reproduce. Whereas the British were, much more positive selection, if you had money you had a large family.
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american eugenics movement,hardy weinberg equilibrium,lionel penrose,negative eugenics,kaiser wilhelm institute,thomas hunt morgan,race hygiene,charles davenport,human heredity,colchester england,genotype phenotype,rockefeller foundation,hybrid vigor,racial superiority,population members,james watson,mid 1930s,university of heidelberg,human genetics,bad genes
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