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For Once, Science Is an Issue in Race for a Seat in Congress

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Science  26 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6106, pp. 463-464
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6106.463

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Candidates for Congress rarely fight over how fervently they support science. But in Illinois's newly redrawn 11th district in Chicago's southwestern suburbs, the election for a seat in the House of Representatives pits Democrat Bill Foster, a physicist who served in Congress from 2008 through the start of 2011, against Republican Judy Biggert, the seven-term incumbent who has served on the House science committee for her entire career. Science features in the race because the district includes part of Argonne National Laboratory, a multipurpose lab owned by the Department of Energy (DOE). It also runs just south of DOE's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the sole U.S. laboratory specializing in particle physics.