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Biologist and Nobel prize winner for medicine James Watson was deprived of all honors, which he earned at a previously laboratory Cold Spring Harbor. A statement published on the organization’s website.
The reason for this decision were the numerous racist remarks 90-year-old scientist about the intellectual inferiority of people of the Negroid race, reinforced by the release of the new documentary American Masters: Watson Decoding. “I actually see a grim prospect for Africa because all our social policies are based on the assumption of the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the studies say it is not so,” he said in an interview with The Times in 2007, then lost his leadership position.
The authors of the statement noted that the views of Watson reprehensible, are not supported by science and do not represent the position of the laboratory. Now a biologist has lost the title of honored leader, Professor Emeritus of Oliver Grace, and honorary Trustee.
“His statement (…) is completely incompatible with our mission, values and policies and demand the immediate break of any relationship,” wrote the staff of Cold Spring Harbor.
In 2014, Watson sold at auction Nobel medal, to donate the proceeds at the auction money to support research institutes and universities. It was noted that his work and reputation suffered seriously due to the racist statements.
Watson was born in 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1962 together with Francis Crick and Maurice H. F. Wilkins won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for deciphering the structure of DNA. The biologist also known as a supporter of genetic engineering towards humans.
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