Statement by Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health

On the Retirement of James D. Watson

I am deeply saddened by the events of the last week, and understand and agree with Dr. Watson's undoubtedly painful decision to retire in the aftermath of a racist statement he made that was both profoundly offensive and utterly unsupported by scientific evidence.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.


Last Reviewed: May 8, 2012