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    Stupidity theory a dumb joke By Mandi Zonneveldt March 03, 2003 A PIONEERING scientist s claim that gene therapy could be used to cure stupidity has been
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      Stupidity theory a dumb joke
      By Mandi Zonneveldt
      March 03, 2003

      A PIONEERING scientist's claim that gene therapy could be used to "cure
      stupidity" has been dismissed by Australian experts as ludicrous.

      James Watson, an American biologist who won a Nobel Prize for his role in
      unlocking the structure of DNA, has advocated the use of gene therapy to
      increase intelligence.

      In a new documentary series, Mr Watson also claims beauty could be engineered
      using DNA technology.

      But Australian experts have dismissed the idea, saying science had not yet
      given humans the ability to tamper with intelligence.

      Australian Medical Association's ethics committee chairman Dr Trevor Mudge said
      it was not yet known if intelligence was determined by genetic or environmental
      factors.

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