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Most Dangerous Job on Earth? Being Watson's Publicist

Ah, the Watson saga continues. Apparently his publicity team wrangled the man into issuing what can only be called a half-hearted attempt at an apology: "I cannot understand how I could have said what I am quoted as having said," according to his official statement to the Associated Press. (Neither can we, Jim. Neither can we.) You can check out the New York Times story here, or do a quick Google search for a zillion similar articles.

But it doesn't end there! The apology was too little, too late for Watson's home institution, which issued its own statement this morning. (By contrast to Watson's statement, Cold Spring Harbor's was quite succinct and clear.) The CSHL trustees "decided to suspend the administrative responsibilities" of Watson "pending further deliberation," according to the release.

 

The Scan

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NFT of the Web

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23andMe on the Nasdaq

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