In an intriguing election-year twist, James Watson, the linkurl:renowned biologist; who made headlines last October when he told the linkurl:__Sunday Times__; that people of African descent were linkurl:less intelligent; than white people, has supported a person of African descent for President of the United States, according to the website; Watson linkurl:contributed; $2,300 to the Barack Obama campaign this January. Other prominent scientists making contributions in what is shaping up to be a highly charged election year include Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center president Harold Varmus (who has donated to the Obama, Richardson, and Clinton presidential campaigns in the past year) and genomics pioneer and __The Scientist__ editorial board member Craig Venter (who donated $2,300 to the Clinton campaign last year, but most recently donated $1,000 to the Obama campaign).

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