German scientist Gangolf Jobb has decided to revoke licenses for his software program Treefinder in the eight European countries that allow the most non-European refugees.
The program is used by hundreds of researchers world wide to build diagrams showing the most likely evolutionary relationship of various species.
Jobb released a statement on his website where he explains his anger against the current refugee stream across the European Union and how he doesn’t want to support “the political system in Europe and Germany,” which he believes his work contributes to.
“Immigration to my country harms me, it harms my family, it harms my people. Whoever invites or welcomes immigrants to Europe and Germany is my enemy,” Jobb’s statement reads. “Immigration unnecessarily defers the collapse of capitalism, its final crisis.”
Treefinder was banned in the U.S. in February after Jobb decided to make a statement against American imperialism, which he regards as “the cause of most of all evil in the world: wars, tyranny, poverty, migration.”
Korbinian Strimmer, a bioinformatician who worked with Jobb to develop Treefinder in 2004, said Jobb has a history of sending “grotesque emails with racist slogans” to fellow scientists, according to Science Insider.
Jobb was kind enough to give his colleagues a few days to find similar software to use before the ban goes into effect Thursday. He reserved himself the right to change the license agreement for Treefinder at any time when the software first launched.
Scientists currently work together to share ideas of alternative ways to develop the diagrams and reformat their research. Sandra Baldauf, a biologist at Uppsala University in Sweden, told Science Insider she couldn’t have continued to use Treefinder after finding out about Jobb’s world views.
“I would stop using [Treefinder] just on general principle, even if we had to resort to using pencil and paper,” she said.
The countries affected by the ban are Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark.
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