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.

While the lab appreciates "Watson's significant scientific heritage," the statement added, his recent comments "are completely incompatible with our mission, our values, and our policies, and require the replacement of any remaining vestiges of his involvement. "

Him robbed of his remaining honorary title

The lab rejected Watson's earlier racist remarks from his role as chancellor and administrative responsibilities in 2007, although he retired and apologized for the statements.

This time, the lab strips him of his remaining honorary titles, including honorary trustee and emeritus chancellor.

In 2007, Watson told the Sunday Times he had "bleak prospects for Africa" ​​because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, while all tests do not really say".

In the documentary he admitted that his views on race and intelligence had not changed – "not at all". There is an average difference between blacks and whites in IQ testing, he said. "I would say the difference is … genetic." He also said that he did not enjoy his conclusion. The situation is "terrible," he said, "as it is terrible for schizophrenics." He added, "I like blacks."

Watson was also accused of anti-Semitism, sexism and gay prejudice.

In 1997, he told the Sunday Telegraph that for some reason, a woman should have a child aborted, including homosexuality, if a gene could be found that determines it. He also suggested that in 2000, a person's weight and ambition could be related and a person's skin color and sexual aptitude could be related, Gizmodo reports.

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