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Nobel Prize winning scientist claims black people are 'less intelligent'

According to London's The Times, the respected scientist and Nobel Prize winner, James Watson, who was part of the team which discovered the structure of DNA, made the claim that black people are less intelligent than white people; he plans to speak to an audience at London's Science Museum on Friday to promote his new book, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science.

Watson, 79, made the controversial remarks about blacks' intellectual inferiority in an interview with The Sunday Times.

He said that discrimination should not be based on color, as “there are many people of color who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level."

The occurrence of such controversial remarks is not a first for Watson, as he has been known in the past to share alleged scientific claims and personal opinions regarding abortion and homosexuality, black people having stronger sex drives, and genetically manufacturing "pretty" girls.

The Times also reported that he has written that “there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so?.

The genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence levels could possibly be found within the next decade, Watson said.

“It is sad to see a scientist of such achievement making such baseless, unscientific and extremely offensive comments," Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said Wednesday.