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Thomson Reuters' ScienceWatch newsletter has released its list of hottest researchers for 2011. As he did for 2010, the Broad Institute's Eric Lander tops the list, having co-authored 14 of the year's "hot papers," ScienceWatch's Christopher King says. "Lander … has become a virtual fixture on this annual roster, with this year marking his eighth appearance," King adds. The hot papers are ranked according to the number of citations.

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.