Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal

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Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal

Series 1 - Episode 2



“It would have been better by far if they had never been born” — chilling words from the past but part of an ideology that has threaded its way through to today. Eugenics didn’t die with the Nazis. Programmes of selective breeding to weed out disability and mass sterilisation of the poor have continued in parts of the world.

Science journalist Angela Saini and Adam Pearson (a disability campaigner who’s been abused in the street because of his looks) front the concluding part of this incisive doc. It suggests that medical breakthroughs, market forces and prejudice could be leading us into a new era of eugenics.


Concluding the two-part documentary exploring the shocking story of eugenics, the controversial idea that the human race can be improved by selective breeding. It is commonly thought that the idea disappeared after the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, but as science journalist Angela Saini and disability rights activist Adam Pearson discover, practices such as the sterilisation of the poor continued on a global scale for many more years.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Angela Saini
Presenter Adam Pearson
Director Andrew Smith
Executive Producer Paul Sen