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Eugenicist Julian Savulescu claims skewered as 'absolutely false'

28 August 2012

Julian Savulescu is a prominent advocate of eugenics

A leading scientist has demolished claims by a prominent eugenicist for genetic screening.

Dr James Sherley, a American biological engineer, was commenting on claims by Dr Julian Savulescu that parents should use genetic screening of human embryos to select personality traits.

Dr Sherley, in comments to, said: "Our understanding of the contribution of the human genome to human psychology is not nearly advanced enough to make such a claim", adding "only fools and egoists would profess that they know better than Nature which traits are 'positive'." [, 23 August]

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