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Statement by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Board of Trustees and President Bruce Stillman, Ph.D. Regarding Dr. Watson’s Comments in The Sunday Times on October 14, 2007

“The comments attributed to Dr. James Watson that first appeared in the October 14, 2007 edition of The Sunday Times U.K. are his own personal statements and in no way reflect the mission, goals, or principles of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Board, administration or faculty.  Dr. Watson is not the President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and was not speaking on behalf of the institution.

"The Board of Trustees, administration and faculty vehemently disagree with these statements and are bewildered and saddened if he indeed made such comments.  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory does not engage in any research that could even form the basis of the statements attributed to Dr. Watson.

"Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s renowned commitment to scientific research in the areas of cancer, neurological diseases, and plant genetics has and continues to dramatically benefit human-kind throughout the world.”

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