Daily Archives: January 14, 2019

The father of DNA says he still believes in a link between race, intelligence. His lab just stripped him of his titles.

Watson, who won the prize in 1962 for outlining the double-helix structure of DNA, wanted to offer penance for the comments that brought his reputation crashing down in 2007. That year, the scientist told Britain’s Sunday Times that he was “gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because he believed African intelligence was genetically lower than that of Europeans. Watson never lived the comments down, telling the Financial Times in 2014 that he believed the backlash had made him an “unperson.”