James Watson resigns from Cold Spring Harbor post

While attending the American Society for Human Genetics meeting in San Diego, I learned that James Watson has resigned from his post at Cold Spring Harbor. Frances Collins, also a well-known geneticist and Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, stated in a news release this afternoon:

"I am deeply saddened by the events of the last week, and understand and agree with Dr. Watson's undoubtedly painful decision to retire in the aftermath of a racist statement he made that was profoundly offensive and utterly unsupported by scientific evidence."

I, too, am saddened by Watson's comments that referred to people of African descent as inferior in intelligence. As a geneticist, I am even more upset by his assertion that all genetic tests prove this. What irresponsible comments for a "father" of genetics!

We'll miss you, James, but now you can write whatever you want in your books. We can understand that you no longer represent Genetics.

Marie Godfrey, PhD

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