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The Hive Recap: To Hound Nature In Her Wanderings

The Hive Wet Lab & Library

There’s an enormous amount of information on eugenics online, but one of the best sources to go to is the Eugenics Archives, curated by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Here you can find all kinds of information and fascinating images—from a brief history of eugenics,to more detailed information about the principles and beliefs that motivated it, related social and political movements, and women’s involvement, early sterilization laws, Trait Books, examples of pedigree charts and the reports analyzing them. You can easily get lost in here for days. There’s so many incredible documents and images to be found there.

Specifically on the social origins of eugenics:

Despite how some may view its relationship with early eugenics movements, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories has a long history of being a highly respected and world-renowned research and educational center for biological, evolutionary, genetic, and cancer research. You can check out its history here.

I also recommend perusing their site to get a better sense of the tremendous amount of research and educational opportunities they participate in, which can be found here.

Interested in learning more about the beginning of modern genetics? Cold Spring Harbor Labs also offers this excellent resource, and animated primer on the 75 experiments that made modern genetics.

For some information on the ERO’s field workers, you may find this brief article interesting.

I also recommend the Home site—The Embryo Project Encyclopedia—from which the above essay is taken. “The Embryo Project Encyclopedia is a digital and Open Access publication of the Embryo Project. Begun in 2007, the Encyclopedia and the Embryo Project are funded by the US National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., and they are supported by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and by Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The Embryo Project is a collection of researchers who study the historical and social contexts of reproductive medicine, developmental biology, and embryology.” This is a remarkable initiative and a tremendous resource.



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