[Two of the most brilliant medical researchers that I have known were immigrants from Nigeria — my college roommate and my most brilliant student who went on simultaneously to NYU Medical and Columbia Public Health. Both moved on to distinguished teaching and research careers, as indicated by numerous Google hits.  Watson must be getting senile.  Ed Kent]

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Fury at DNA pioneer’s theory: Africans are less intelligent than  Westerners

Celebrated scientist attacked for race comments: “All our social  policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as  ours – whereas all the testing says not really

By Cahal Milmo

Published: 17 October 2007

One of the world’s most eminent scientists was embroiled in an  extraordinary row last night after he claimed that black people were  less intelligent than white people and the idea that “equal powers of  reason” were shared across racial groups was a delusion.

James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of  DNA who now runs one of America’s leading scientific research  institutions, drew widespread condemnation for comments he made ahead  of his arrival in Britain today for a speaking tour at venues  including the Science Museum in London.

The 79-year-old geneticist reopened the explosive debate about race  and science in a newspaper interview in which he said Western  policies towards African countries were wrongly based on an  assumption that black people were as clever as their white  counterparts when “testing” suggested the contrary. He claimed genes  responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be  found within a decade.

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