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George W. Bush has won a second term as US president. What will another four years of Bush mean for science, compared with what his challenger John Kerry would have delivered?

In the build-up to the election, Nature asked the two candidates 15 questions about their science policies. Their answers are displayed below in our interactive feature, along with in-depth analyses of the key issues, a blog from our US correspondents and the latest news on the election results.

In five policy areas, Nature news compares the two candidate's contrasting stances and the hopes of the scientific community.
AIDS special Climate change
Kerry advocates stricter stance on greenhouse-gas emissions.
15 September 2004
AIDS special Yucca Mountain
Fate of nuclear waste dump divides candidates.
15 September 2004
AIDS special Stem cells
Candidates take opposing stances on medical research.
15 September 2004
AIDS special Nuclear weapons research
Need for new bomb tests questioned.
15 September 2004
AIDS special Manipulation of science
Bush administration stands accused of distorting science.
15 September 2004
US election blog 2004
The presidential race is set to be a fierce one, and Nature's US reporters will be watching events unfold. Check here for the latest twists and turns in the campaigns.
15 September 2004
Electronic voting sparks contention
Touch-screen voting machines are causing debate in the build-up to November's US presidential election. Nature news investigates the controversy.
15 September 2004

Bush set to keep core science team for second term
US President's line-up of science advisers shapes up.
10 November 2004
Joys match fears as California agrees to stem-cell proposal
State programme bypasses federal opposition to research.
10 November 2004
Bush wins second term as US president
Experts anticipate friction between state and federal science policies.
3 November 2004
Hotlines capture e-voting glitches
Voter reports reveal slip-ups but no catastrophic failures.
3 November 2004
California says 'yes' to stem-cell research
$3-billion initiative will fund creation of human cell lines.
3 November 2004
Science shares the limelight as election battle enters final phase
US presidential candidates cover everything from nuclear waste to the flu vaccine.
27 October 2004
Battle to stop e-voting steps up
Experts unsure what impact last-minute lawsuits will have.
22 October 2004
UN to debate human cloning
Bush-Kerry election race adds heat to discussion.

15 October 2004
Personality predicts politics
Pollsters may be aided by test of how judgmental voters are.

22 September 2004
Better to be talked about...
The prominence of embryonic stem cells as a key issue in the US presidential election campaign is, at best, a mixed blessing for science.

15 September 2004
Electoral campaign delays resolution of biotech issues
Important policies and appointments in limbo.
Nature Biotechnology
15 September 2004
On the campaign trail
The use and abuse of science is emerging as an issue in the US presidential election. Researchers should seize an opportunity to make their voices heard, whatever their political persuasion.
5 August 2004
Nobel laureates spearhead effort to put Kerry in the White House
Researchers hit the campaign trail for the US presidential election.
4 August 2004
Kerry promises spectrum sale to fund science
1 July 2004
US Democrats embrace stem-cell issues
Ronald Reagan's son speaks on embryonic research at political convention.
4 August 2004
US science policy: Mission impossible?
Mounting criticism of the way the Bush administration handles scientific advice has put John Marburger, the US president's science adviser, in the hot seat. Geoff Brumfiel takes the temperature.
18 March 2004
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