In an effort to help Presidential nominee Barack Hussein Obama capture the White House, two Nobel Prize winners are among the team of consulting scientists educating the Senator from Illinois on important current issues.
In 1989, Harold Varmus won the Nobel for retroviral oncogenes in cells, while Agre discovered regulated channels that transport water across cell membranes in 1993 for the Nobel prize. Other team members include Sharon Long, a plant biologist from Stanford who has a history of supporting Obama financially, Gilbert Omenn, a biotech doctor from the University of Michigan, and Don Lamb, an astrophysicist of the University of Chicago and formerly a NASA scientist.
In a 2008 Science Debate, Senator Obama had expressed his support for expanded NASA research, gene and stem cell research, and genetic modification of plants. This team of scientists should be able to prepare the Senator with the basic necessities of those particular topics in the event future related questions arise.
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