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March 25, 2013
James Watson Likes Us, Anyway
Around us we see changes in everything, but there are some constants that we can count on. James Watson, for example, is still James Watson:
While noting that genetics is vital, Watson said, "You could sequence 150,000 people with cancer and its not going to cure anyone. It might give you a few leads, but it's not, to me, the solution. The solution is good chemistry. And that's what's lacking. We have a world of cancer biology trained to think genes. They don't think chemistry at all."
Watson, who had his entire genome sequenced, said the current level of cancer research funding is enough to find a cure. But he added that "most of the experiments we do are irrelevant ... We're not going to cure cancer by doubling the money. We're going to do it by being more intelligent. The money thing is just a red herring of people not thinking."
Read the article for more - he has a number of other opinions that (as usual) he's not shy about sharing with the audience (!)
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