It isn't often that citizens from a single state in the union can dramatically shift the fate of research support in the United States, but Pennsylvania voters may have the chance on Tuesday (May 18). They head to the polls in a primary election that will determine whether democratic linkurl:Senator Arlen Specter; -- arguably the most celebrated champion of biomedical research in Congress -- will remain in his seat next year.
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Specter, a decades-long incumbent, is challenged by a comparatively green Congressman, linkurl:Joe Sestak,; currently representing the state in the House of Representatives. Fueled by volleys of television advertising, which highlights Specter's recent switch from the Republican party (which Sestak's camp dubs "opportunistic"), Sestak has made a steady climb in the polls and has become a formidable opponent."We are following this [election] with great interest," said linkurl:Ellen Sigal,; the chair of Friends of Cancer...
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