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Watson Urges 'Put Hitler Behind Us'

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Science  09 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5314, pp. 892
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5314.892

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BERLIN-- In a keynote speech to a molecular medicine congress here last weekend, Nobel Prize-winner James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and a founder of the Human Genome Project, stepped carefully into the ethical minefield of German genetic research and the legacy of Nazi eugenics policies. The time has come, he said, to "put Hitler behind us." He urged Germany to focus on the great benefits that applying genome research can offer humankind and to put more resources into genetic research.