Engineering the Perfect Human Essay

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For centuries, mankind has been fascinated by the idea of perfection. In recent decades, the issue has been raised regarding the perfect human and whether scientists are able to engineer and create this. Attempts have been made in the past to engineer this said “perfect” human, through eugenics and scientific racism, but until now, these attempts have been ineffective. Only now, with modern technology, are scientists able to make more significant progress in altering the human genome to the produce desired characteristics of perfection.

History has shown the attempts made to create a perfect, pure race of humans. Eugenics (the science of improving a human population by controlled or selective breeding to produce desirable heritable
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Without knowing the scientific details of genes and genetic inheritance, Hitler attempted to breed a pure, “superior” race by controlling human reproduction. More extreme measures that Hitler imposed included the forced sterilization of people as well as the mass genocide of Jews and other non-Aryans in notorious concentration and death camps like Auschwitz and Dachau.

Nazi Germany under Hitler is probably the most infamous instance where eugenics and scientific racism (using scientific findings as a basis for racism) were used to attempt to create the perfect human, as it involved the use of genocide to create a population with desirable genetic characteristics, and not simply government legislation. However, other countries also attempted to maintain a “pure,” “superior” race, although their methods were not as extreme as Hitler’s.
Apartheid in South Africa from the 1940s onwards followed a similar pattern of racist legislation. The white Afrikaans government, the National Party (NP), believed that the white race was superior to the non-white (specifically black) races, and attempted to maintain this “superiority.” The “Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act No 55 of 1949” prohibited marriage between whites and non-whites, while the “Immorality Amendment Act, Act No 21 of 1950” prohibited interracial sexual intercourse.

The use of eugenics also occurred in the USA, where white supremacy was implied through…

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