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  • Bright Scientists, Dim Notions

    10/28/2007 8:04:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 59+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 28, 2007 | GEORGE JOHNSON
    AT a conference in Cambridge, Mass., in 1988 called “How the Brain Works,” Francis Crick suggested that neuroscientific understanding would move further along if only he and his colleagues were allowed to experiment on prisoners. You couldn’t tell if he was kidding, and Crick being Crick, he probably didn’t care. Emboldened by a Nobel Prize in 1962 for helping uncoil the secret of life, Dr. Crick, who died in 2004, wasn’t shy about offering bold opinions — including speculations that life might have been seeded on Earth as part of an experiment by aliens. The notion, called directed panspermia, had...
  • "Anti-Semitism Justified"

    01/11/2007 12:40:05 PM PST · by pabianice · 65 replies · 1,450+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/11/07
    Scientist James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and a Nobel Prize winner, says anti-Semitism is justified, in a recent magazine interview. The ADL called Dr. Watson's remarks about Jews "disturbing" and is asking Watson to clarify them. Watson, 78, who lives in Cold Harbor, N.Y., tells Esquire magazine in its January edition that anti-Semitism, in some circumstances, is justified. In an interview profile for the magazine Watson asks rhetorically, "Should you be allowed to make an anti-Semitic remark?" He answered: "Yes, because some anti-Semitism is justified. Just like some anti-Irish feeling is justified. If you can't be...
  • The Quest for the $1,000 Human Genome

    07/17/2006 9:51:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 503+ views
    NY Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | July 18, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    As part of an intensive effort to develop a new generation of machines that will sequence DNA at a vastly reduced cost, scientists are decoding a new human genome — that of James D. Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and the first director of the National Institutes of Health’s human genome project. Decoding a person’s genome is at present far too costly to be a feasible medical procedure. But the goal now being pursued by the N.I.H. and by several manufacturers, including the company decoding Dr. Watson’s DNA, is to drive the costs of decoding a human...
  • Why Darwin's still a scientific hotshot (Nobel laureate James D. Watson on Darwin and his influence)

    09/19/2005 3:24:26 AM PDT · by snarks_when_bored · 208 replies · 3,490+ views
    LA Times Calendar ^ | September 18, 2005 | James D. Watson
    <p>Nobel laureate James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the molecular structure of DNA, has edited and provided commentary for a new anthology of Charles Darwin's four major books, collected in one volume by Running Press. Watson's essay introducing "Darwin: The Indelible Stamp: The Evolution of an Idea" is excerpted here.</p>