Pioneering DNA scientist loses titles after claims over race
Pioneering DNA scientist loses titles after claims over race
READ MOREWhy racism is so hard to define and even harder to understand
14 January, 2019, 22:54
Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist James Watson has been stripped of several honorary titles by the laboratory he once headed over his views about intelligence and race.
While Dr Watson also said he hoped everyone was equal, he added: "People who have to deal with black employees find this is not true". However, the move by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was seemingly one of the final nails in the coffin of Watson's credibility, relevance and overall career, which has all but hit rock bottom.
Watson rose to worldwide scientific fame in 1953 after helping discover DNA's double helix structure with fellow geneticists Maurice Wilkins and Francis Crick. "The Laboratory condemns the misuse of science to justify prejudice", the laboratory said in a statement Friday.
In an interview aired on USA television earlier this month, James Watson - who won the Nobel in 1962 for his role in discovering DNA's double helix structure - said genes were responsible for a difference between black and white people on IQ tests.
Despite almost half a century service to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Watson, a world-renowned geneticist, lost all of his honorary titles of Chancellor Emeritus, Oliver R. Grace Professor Emeritus and Honorary Trustee, for refusing to retract his own scientific conclusions.
In the article, the geneticist said he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because he believed intelligence level of the native population was inherently lower than that of Europeans - due to genetics.
Aside from his racist views on Black people, Watson has been accused of being anti-Semitic and homophobic.
The research centre subsequently revoked three titles - chancellor emeritus, Oliver R Grace Professor Emeritus, and honorary trustee.
In 1997 he told the Sunday Telegraph that a woman should be allowed to abort a child for any reason, including for homosexuality if a gene could be found that determined it. Watson, Crick and another British scientist, Maurice Wilkins, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1962.
"I believe there is very broad support among the faculty for the multiple steps that CSHL is taking in response to Watson's horrific comments", CSHL biologist Justin Kinney told STAT.
In an interview with the news agency, his son Rufus said Dr Watson's statements "might make him out to be a bigot and discriminatory" but that was not true.
Rio Ferdinand hit the headlines for his controversial comments about Newcastle United on Saturday evening but lost amongst it all was his suggestion to Jurgen Klopp as to how Liverpool can win the Premier League .
Due out in 2022, the SUV will be one of the first purely electric models released under the Cadillac moniker. The new platform will be flexible, and adaptable to front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Several women fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum overseas in recent years and returned home. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada has officially granted al-Qunun asylum.
In 2015, while working for a think tank, he wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran". The Times tried to create distance between Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo , writing, "But Mr.
Sunday night, his public defenders Charles Glynn and Richard Jones met with Patterson and afterward talked with the media. Detectives will keep talking to Jayme, but at her own pace, to get more details to help in their investigation.
However, its trade surplus over America - the gap between exports and imports - expanded past year to the widest point on record. That reflects the impact of Beijing's retaliatory tariffs and encouragement to importers to buy more from non-U.S. suppliers.
Pawel Adamowicz was attacked on stage at the country's biggest charity event, which was raising money for children's hospitals. The attacker reportedly shouted from the stage that he had been wrongly imprisoned when the mayor's former party was in power.
The freakish political row centres around the tiny country of Macedonia's new name - the Republic of North Macedonia . A spokesperson for the governing Social Democrats said the ethnic Albanian legislators also agreed to back the deal.
The voice recorder was recovered about 165 feet from where the plane's flight data recorder was found three days after the crash. The transport committee's chairman, Soerjanto Tjahjono, said the device will be taken to the investigators' "black box" facility.
FDA inspections impacted by government shutdown
But only "a few dozen" inspections haven't happened so far this week, Gottlieb said, which is hardly a crisis. Anton says past year , they conducted more than 900 inspections at more than 400 establishments.
The Best from the 24th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Red Carpet
Gaga, 32, posted the sad news on her Instagram , including an image of her and Arabella on a stunning ride in front of the ocean . While Black Panther didn't bring home the Best Picture award, the record-breaking film certainly didn't go home empty-handed .
Game of Thrones final season teaser, premiere date released
The voices of their dead family members talk, including Jon's mother, Lyanna Stark, while they past their funeral statues. As fans know, the TV show has veered off from Martin's books due to necessity, as a new book hasn't come out since 2011.
Powerful start for Rafa Nadal at Australian Open
Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. The former world number one was far from flawless , committing three double faults and eight unforced errors.
SpaceX To Reduce Its Staff By 10 Percent
Also Friday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 communications satellites. The first uncrewed test flight was delayed due to the partial government shutdown and is slated for some time in February.
Chiefs roll past Colts 31-13 to reach AFC title game
Kansas City will be taking on the victor of today's New England-Los Angeles game, which kicks off shortly after 1 p.m. The young quarterback led the AFC's No. 1 seed to a dominant win over the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round.