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Nobel Prize-winning scientist who claimed black people were intellectually inferior to whites stripped of honorary titles

James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who came under fire in 2007 for claiming that black people were intellectually inferior to white people, was stripped of his honorary titles at a New York research institution after he claimed to still stand by his decade-old comments.

Watson, 90, is a pioneer in DNA research who won a Nobel Prize in 1962 for helping discover the structure of DNA.

He was recently featured in the PBS documentary “American Masters: Decoding Watson,” which aired Jan. 2, and claimed that genes caused different results on the IQ tests of black and white people.

Days after the show aired, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a research institution on Long Island, issued a statement slamming Watson’s “reprehensible” remarks and distancing itself from the scientist.

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