Over at A Vote for Science, Michael Stebbins blogs about Francis Collins' endorsement of Barack Obama. While that's not much of a surprise, Stebbins says the op-ed piece Collins wrote is "perhaps the most reasoned and dignified explanation of a political endorsement that I have ever read." The newspaper hasn't made the column available online, but Stebbins links to a scanned copy if you'd like to read it.

 

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