The New York Laboratory mixes with James Watson, a Nobel Prize-winning scholar who helped detect DNA, over "reprehensible" comments in which he said race and intelligence were related.
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory said it would remove all of Watson's 90's titles and awards that led the laboratory for many years.
The Laboratory "explicitly rejects unreasonable and reckless personal views that Dr. James D Watson spoke about ethnicity and genetics, ”said President Bruce Stillman and Chairman of the Board Marilyn Simon.
“Dr. Watson's statements are reprehensible, science doesn't support them, and in no way reflects the views of CSHL, its delegates, faculty, staff, or students. The Laboratory condemns the abuse of science to justify prejudice.
With Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin, the scientist was one of the researchers who discovered the structure of double-helix DNA in 1953.
In 2007, he was taken to the Chancellor by the Laboratory after he told the Sunday Times that he "was basically gloomy about Africa's prospects" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, all the tests say, not really ”.
He also said that while he wanted the competition to be the same, "people dealing with black workers believe this is not true."
Watson apologized at that time, but in a recent documentary he said that his opinion had not changed.
"Not at all," he said in the PBS Documentary American Masters: Decoding Watson, the New York Times reported.
“I would like them to have changed, with new knowledge that indicates that your upbringing is more important than nature. But I haven't seen any knowledge. There is a difference between the average level of black and white IQ tests. I would say the difference is its genetic. ”
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory said it was canceling Watson's honorary titles, including Chancellor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus of Oliver R Grace, and Honorary Trustee.
The latest comments "effectively changed the written apology and withdrawal of Dr Watson in 2007," the laboratory said, adding that he appreciated his scientific discovery and authority, but could no longer be associated with him.
"The statements made in the documentary document are completely and completely incompatible with our mission, values and policies, and require that all the remains of his participation be separated," said Simon and Stillman.
The Times reported that Watson's family said it was unable to respond since medical assistance since the accident in October. The PBS interview was filmed last summer.