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James Watson's Nobel prize returned

By Tim Sandle     Dec 14, 2014 in Science
Russian entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov, who purchased James Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize medal last week, has returned the medal to the molecular biologist.
Digital Journal reported a few weeks ago that James Watson, world-renowned biologist and Nobel laureate, was to sell the Nobel Prize he was awarded in 1962 for the discovery of the double helix structure of the DNA molecule in 1953. Watson went ahead with the sale and was paid $4.1 million. The purchaser was the richest man in Russia and a major shareholder in Arsenal football club: Alisher Usmanov.
On making the purchase, Usmanov has said that he will return the Nobel prize to Watson, who with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, shared the 1962 Nobel prize in medicine for discovering the double helical structure of DNA.
The sale of the award brought back into the spotlight Watson's comments about different cultures, which are seemingly layered with racism together with his views on genetic differences among the people of the world in terms of intelligence. This is an issue that Watson correlates with skin color.
Usmanov said in a statement, reported by The New York Times: "In my opinion, a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognizing his achievements is unacceptable. James Watson is one of the greatest biologists in the history of mankind, and his award for the discovery of DNA structure must belong to him."
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