2007 Release: Collins Statement On the Retirement of James Watson

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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.


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