EDITORIAL

Presidents Who Value Science

Science  13 Feb 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5916, pp. 853
DOI: 10.1126/science.1171006

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The opening day, 12 February, of the 2009 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago is by coincidence the 200th anniversary of the births of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. New understanding of the underlying processes and mechanisms that fascinated Darwin continues to be the focus of intense research, and many of the papers and symposia prepared for this meeting will celebrate the enduring legacy of Darwin's thesis. It is noteworthy that this meeting is being convened in the land of Lincoln and within a month of the inauguration of another son of Illinois, Barack Obama, as president of the United States.