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Benchfly's Alan Marnett wants to know who your favorite scientists are. The current state of chemical and biological research is directly related to all the work done by the researchers who have come and gone, he says. Of the 20 researchers that Marnett considers "the proverbial giants upon whose shoulders we now stand," he wants to know which ones modern researchers like the most — "a good old-fashioned popularity contest," he calls it. So far, with people voting for their favorite five scientists, Louis Pasteur tops the list with 50 percent of the votes. Marie Curie is second with 48 percent, and Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel are tied with 45 percent each. James Watson and Francis Crick are also tied with 35 percent each. And bringing up the rear are chemist Antoine Lavoisier, physicist J.J. Thomson, and chemist Ernest Rutherford with 3 percent each. Go to Benchfly's poll to pick your five favorites, and then tell Daily Scan who you picked.

The Scan

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