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DNA Scientist Suspended after Africa Comments

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DNA Scientist Suspended after Africa Comments

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DNA Scientist Suspended after Africa Comments

DNA Scientist Suspended after Africa Comments

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James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who co-discovered the structure of DNA, has been suspended from his administrative duties as chancellor for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

The move comes after Watson's suggestion that African natives were less intelligent than people in the West ran in a British newspaper.

The comments provoked uproar in Britain, prompting Watson to cancel a book tour there and return to the United States.

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