October 19, 2007

Statement by Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., Director, NIH, regarding comments attributed to Dr. James Watson

"The comments, which were attributed to Dr. James Watson earlier this week in the London Times, are wrong, from every point of view — not the least of which is that they are completely inconsistent with the body of research literature in this area. Scientific prestige is never a substitute for knowledge. As scientists, we are outraged and saddened when science is used to perpetuate prejudice."

Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health