American Experience

Genetic Screening: Controlling Heredity

Clip: Season 30 | 11m 12s Video has closed captioning.

With every new advance in prenatal genetic screening, the ability to prevent suffering has also sparked difficult questions about what should count as “a disease” versus “a difference,” and whether we’re in danger of wiping out certain segments of the population. These fears arise, in part, because just 100 years ago, that’s exactly what a powerful movement—the eugenics movement—tried to do.

Aired: 10/16/18

Rating: NR

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