linkurl:Barack Obama; added Senator linkurl:Joe Biden; (D-DE) to the Democratic electoral ticket over the weekend, and Obama's choice of vice presidential running mate may be very good for the research community. Biden's linkurl:voting record and past comments; regarding science policy indicate that he supports robust funding for biomedical and environmental research and emphasizes the importance of alternative energies in combating climate change. Biden voted for last year's linkurl:Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act,; which called for an expansion in federal funding of research on human embryonic stem cells but was vetoed by President Bush. "Senator Biden understands the important role the federal government plays in finding cures for cancer and other diseases by supporting important biomedical research," reads a statement on Biden's linkurl:Website.; Biden also supports establishing a "biotechnology coordinator" in the Executive Branch of government. The Delaware Senator has also long been a proponent of developing linkurl:alternative energies; and combating...

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