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FAS condemns Watson’s comments unsupported by scientific evidence that dishonor entire science community

FAS condemns Watson’s comments unsupported by scientific evidence that dishonor entire science community
10-18-2007

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The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is outraged by the noxious comments made by Dr. James Watson that appeared in the Sunday Times Magazine on October 14th.
 
“At a time when the scientific community is feeling threatened by political forces seeking to undermine its credibility, it is tragic that one of the icons of modern science has cast such dishonor on the profession,” said Henry Kelly, president of the Federation of American Scientists.
 
The scientific enterprise is based on the promotion and proof of new ideas through evidence, however controversial, but Dr. Watson chose to use his unique stature to promote personal prejudices that are racist, vicious and unsupported by science.
 
“While we honor the extraordinary contributions that Dr. Watson has made to science in the past, his comments show that he has lost his way. He has failed us in the worst possible way,” said Kelly. “It is a sad and revolting way to end a remarkable career.”
 
To schedule an interview with Henry Kelly, please contact Monica Amarelo at email [email protected] or call 202-454-4680.

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