DNA pioneer stripped of honors over ‘reprehensible’ race comments

(CNN)A Nobel Prize-winning American scientist who co-discovered DNA has been stripped of his honorary titles at the laboratory he once led after repeating racist comments in a documentary. “The Laboratory condemns the misuse of science to justify prejudice,” its statement added. CNN has attempted to reach Watson for comment. Watson had previously told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper in 2007 that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really.” The scientist added that while he hoped everyone was equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.” Those comments led …