Nobel laureate James Watson deprived titles for "reprehensible" racial references

Nobel laureate James Watson deprived titles for "reprehensible" racial references

Nobel laureate James Watson was deprived of the honorary title of the laboratory where he once headed, having recently published more racist comments on intelligence information in a recent PBS documentary.

Watson, who discovered the DNA double helix structure with his partner Francis Crick in the 1950s, said earlier this month in "American Masters: Decoding Genetics" that genes were responsible for poor intelligence in blacks.

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island immediately rejected the 90-year-old scientist's comments as "reprehensible" and with no scientific basis.

"Dr. Watson's statements are reprehensible, unsupported by science, and in no way represent the views of CSHL, its trustees, faculty, staff or students. The Laboratory condemns the abuse of science to justify prejudice," one said Statement of the laboratory.