Scientist Blasted for Racism Has Black Genes
Watson said blacks less intelligent than whites
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 7:01 AM CST
US scientist and DNA discoverer James Watson poses for photographers behind a model of the 'DNA Double Helix', which was discovered by Watson and Francis Crick at an exhibition in Berlin in this Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nobel laureate James Watson, famous for co-discovering DNA and infamous for his theory that black Africans are less intelligent than whites, turns out to have a genetic profile with 16 times as many black genes as the average white European, the Independent reports. Watson's genes are said to be comparable to someone with an African great-grandparent.

"It was very surprising to get this result for Jim," said the geneticist who analyzed Watson's DNA. In addition to 16% African genes, tests of the scientist's DNA showed 9% of his genes are Asian. The outcry over Watson's racial theories this year forced him to step down from his long-time position as chancellor of a New York laboratory.