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Flood of Responses to Watson's Genetic Determinism

Genetic Crossroads
January 7th, 2001




On December 18, the San Francisco Chronicle printed a full
page of letters

about biotech reporter Tom Abate's coverage of the outrage at
James

Watson's assertions, in a lecture at UC Berkeley, that skin
color is

biochemically linked to sexual activity, and thinness to ambition.
In

his December 11 column, Abate had called Watson's remarks "the
crudest form

of genetic determinism." See <www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/

chronicle/archive/2000/12/11/BU133995.DTL
>.


The letters were drawn from more than 130 that the paper received
after

copies of Abate's column and comments about it (including a
note from

the editors of this newsletter) circulated via the Internet.
Several

of them supported Watson, but most commended Abate for what
one writer

termed "a genuine public service." See <www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/

article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/12/18/BU143282.DTL
>.



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