One of the best known-scientists in the world is auctioning off his Nobel Prize medal in a symbolic move that he hopes will let him "re-enter public life" after a racism row.86-year-old James Watson helped discover the double helix structure of DNA along with Francis crick and others.It was this discovery that won him the Nobel Prize back in 1962.
Anything that is alive, from bacteria to elephants, has DNA.
DNA stores genetic material and passes it on to the next generation.
A copy of a living entity's DNA is passed to developing offspring.
After those comments, Watson was widely shunned, his public lectures dried up and he was sacked from the boards of companies, he told the Financial Times.
He said he had become an "unperson" adding that "no one really wants to admit I exist".
In the interview with the FT he issued this by way of an apology: “I apologise…[the journalist] somehow wrote that I worried about the people in Africa because of their low IQ - and you’re not supposed to say that.” He insisted he was “not racist in a conventional way” and that he was “stupid” to not realise that these comments would end up in the article.The Nobel Prize medal and its accompanying paperwork is being sold by Christies this week for between £1.6m and £2.2m.The medal given to Francis Crick went to auction in 2013 - nine years after he had died - for .3 million.Watson will use the money to supplement his academic income, donate to academic institutions and charity, and perhaps to buy a David Hockney artwork.In 1962, scientists Francis Crick and James Watson were awarded the Nobel prize for their roles in discovering the structure of DNA, which is an acronym for deoxyribonucleic acid.