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Stupidity should be cured, says DNA discoverer

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Stupidity should be cured, says DNA discoverer 18:13 28 February 03 NewScientist.com news service Fifty years to the day from the discovery of the structure of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2003
      Stupidity should be cured, says DNA discoverer
      18:13 28 February 03
      NewScientist.com news service

      Fifty years to the day from the discovery of the structure of DNA, one of
      its co-discoverers has caused a storm by suggesting that stupidity is a genetic
      disease that should be cured.

      On 28 February 1953 biologists James Watson and Francis Crick discovered
      the structure of DNA - the chemical code for all life. The breakthrough
      revealed how genetic information is passed from one generation to the next and
      revolutionised biology and medicine.

      But in a documentary series to be screened in the UK on Channel 4, Watson
      says that low intelligence is an inherited disorder and that molecular
      biologists have a duty to devise gene therapies or screening tests to tackle
      stupidity.

      "If you are really stupid, I would call that a disease," says Watson, now
      president of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York. "The lower 10 per
      cent who really have difficulty, even in elementary school, what's the cause of
      it? A lot of people would like to say, 'Well, poverty, things like that.' It
      probably isn't. So I'd like to get rid of that, to help the lower 10 per cent."

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