On December 18, the San Francisco Chronicle printed a full
page of letters
about biotech reporter Tom Abate's coverage of the outrage at
Watson's assertions, in a lecture at UC Berkeley, that skin
biochemically linked to sexual activity, and thinness to ambition.
his December 11 column, Abate had called Watson's remarks "the
of genetic determinism." See <www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/
The letters were drawn from more than 130 that the paper received
copies of Abate's column and comments about it (including a
the editors of this newsletter) circulated via the Internet.
of them supported Watson, but most commended Abate for what
termed "a genuine public service." See <www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/