USA_SCI_HGP_02_xs James Dewey Watson (born 1928), American biochemist & co- discoverer of the structure of DNA. Watson graduated from Chicago University & obtained a PhD in 1950. He abandoned plans to become an ornithologist to work on problems in biochemistry & genetics. In 1951 he went to Cambridge, to work with Francis Crick on solving the problem of the structure of DNA. In 1953 they proposed a double helix structure for DNA, which earned them (with Maurice Wilkins) the 1962 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, where Watson was Director at the time of this photograph. MODEL RELEASED 1989. ADVERTISING/COMMERCIAL USE REQUIRES CLEARANCE. Human Genome Project [[Begun formally in 1990, the U.S. Human Genome Project was a 13-year effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. The project originally was planned to last 15 years, but rapid technological advances accelerated the completion date to 2003. Project goals were to identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA, Determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA, Store this information in databases, Improve tools for data analysis, Transfer related technologies to the private sector, and Address the ethical, legal, and social issues that may arise from the project. From: genomics.energy.gov]]

Mi piacerebbe credere che le influenze ambientali contino più delle differenze biologiche, ma il divario di prestazioni intellettuali tra bianchi e neri ha basi genetiche“.

James Watson, scienziato scopritore della struttura della molecola del DNA, Premio Nobel per la Medicina, dice così nel corso del suo documentario «Decoding Watson», in vendita su Amazon a febbraio. Il laboratorio Cold Spring Harbor, col quale l’anziano luminare collabora, ha chiuso ogni rapporto.

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