In the debate, McCain just complained (again) about a $3M study of the DNA of bears in Montana. This is the problem?? Not, perhaps, hundreds of billions of dollars of spending or hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate welfare?
I'll bet that what we learn from the bear genome will, in the long run, be worth far more than 3 cruise missiles. The future of medicine and this entire century is DNA -- everywhere. The more we know about DNA the more diseases we're going to solve, from diagnosis to (someday) genetic engineering.
PS: Sarah Palin requested $3.2M to study harbor seal DNA.