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DNA Co-Discoverer: Please, No More Stupid People

Yesterday was the 50th anneversary of Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, one of mankind's greatest achievments. To celebrate the anneversary, Watson suggested that genetic engineering be used in order to make sure there are no more stupid or ugly people.

"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."

Watson, no stranger to controversy, also suggests that genes influencing beauty could also be engineered. "People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."

This seems like a parody story from The Onion or something, but it's not!

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