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Our genes
Lebensborn children were put in psychiactric hospitals after the war
The Lebensborn children were put in psychiatric hospitals after the war
Our Genes will be shown on BBC2 at 18:50 on Saturday 6th May

Three stories investigate the geography of Europe's genes

From Norway, the story of the children whose mothers were local women and whose fathers were occupying German soldiers. They were part of the so-called "Lebensborn" programme, a Nazi experiment to create an Ayran racial elite. Isabel Hilton hears the shocking stories of two, who like many, were subjected to cruelty and abuse by the Norwegians after the war.

Acclaimed science writer, Dr Matt Ridley, travels to Sardinia to find out why the DNA of a community of shepherds and farmers has become hotly contested property in the great genes race dominating science in the new millennium.

And from his clinic in the shadow of the Vatican, the notorious Italian fertility doctor, Severino Antinori. He gave the world its oldest mother, now he supports human cloning, telling Correspondent Europe "a man without testicles who cannot procreate, because he has no testicles, how else can he pass on his own genes except through cloning?".

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