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01/04/2021

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David Duffy

As your quote makes clear, Haldane is pointing out that Rhesus incompatibility is strongly genetic in nature despite the negative parent-offspring correlation. A colleague pointed out a similar pattern for the correlation between sex of a parent and that of the offspring, that extends to the classical twin design as well! Studying other classes of relative pairs makes things clearer, and various statistical models are routinely fitted that test for such effects (eg sibling phenotypic reciprocal interaction). These aren't problems for eugenics qua eugenics, but for non-experimental genetics in general, eg much human genetics.

You would probably know that the Annals of Human Genetics itself was renamed from the Annals of Eugenics in 1954.

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