Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Stick to Base Pairing and Helices Jim

I'm too upset by James Watson's most recent media fiasco to rant about it. But ah, for the good old days, when Watson earned his keep in the lab and no one was interested in listening to what he had to say about anything. I'm still interested in reading his scientific memoirs but I might have to find a good place to hide the book when people visit.


Anonymous said...

Wow, some of the stuff that he has said is so ironically hypocritical. I think he would make an awesome psych study.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick update, Crick has been suspended by his lab pending further investigation (what is there to investigate?) and has also been criticized for the statement by the recently appointed most badass scientist alive, Dr. Venter.


Bayman said...

Crick's dead. Geez leave the dead guy alone.

Can't blame Cold Spring Harbor for doing something to distance themselves from Watson's comments. This story has already started to hurt their public reputation, and by extension, the many scientists who have worked and trained there.

Bayman said...

Watson has also responded to the article:

"I am mortified about what has happened.

"More importantly, I cannot understand how I could have said what I am quoted as having said. I can certainly understand why people, reading those words, have reacted in the ways they have.

"To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologize unreservedly. That is not what I meant. More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief."