Neurofibromatosis pedigree, 1918

Eugenicists made early contributions to our understanding of some genetic disorders by constructing pedigrees of affected families. (DNAi location: Chronicle > Threat of the Unfit > The fit and unfit)

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15806. Neurofibromatosis pedigree

Neurofibromatosis pedigree. Many of the traits studied at the ERO have little genetic basis. Charles Davenport did effectively described neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder, in 1918.

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  • Source: DNAi

15808. Pedigree of scholarship

Using pedigree charts, eugenicists gave the impression that vague behaviors, such as scholarship, are well-established genetic traits.

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15749. Pedigree of feeblemindedness

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15436. Faulty research practices of the eugenists in a pedigree, James Watson

James Watson examines a family pedigree in which many suffer from mental disorders.

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15559. Hemophilia pedigree

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15764. Jukes family members, by Arthur Estabrook, about 1910

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15725. Deborah Kallikak and pedigree montage

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15428. Methods used by Davenport and the Eugenics Record Office, James Watson

James Watson talks about methods used by Davenport and the Eugenics Record Office.

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15439. How early studies in human genetics related to the eugenics movement, James Watson

James Watson talks about how early studies in human genetics related to the eugenics movement.

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