Politics, Strange Bedfellows, and All That | GenomeWeb

Here's a twist you didn't see coming: fresh off his forced retirement due to comments about black people being inherently less intelligent than white people, James Watson has contributed the maximum funds allowed to US presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign, according to this blog post from Bob Grant at The Scientist.

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