Influence Few and far between, scientists serving in and running for Congress say they offer benefits of reasoning, judgment.

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Former pharmaceutical executive Charles Sanders hopes to be the Democratic nominee for Senate in North Carolina this fall.
Charles Sanders hopes to give Bill Frist some company. Sanders, a cardiologist and former professor of medicine and pharmaceutical executive, is seeking North Carolina's Democratic nomination for the United States Senate. If he wins the May 7 primary, Sanders will face the incumbent, Republican stalwart Jesse Helms, this fall.

Sanders says he's running because "I'm just disgusted with what's going on in Washington." He adds: "I've spent a lifetime trying to solve problems and bring people together, and I have unique real-world experience which would serve well in Washington."

If Sanders manages to score a primary win and go on to defeat Helms, he will find few fellow scientists...

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