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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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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

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