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At the NY Times Freakonomics blog, economist Steven Levitt goes through the math behind the FBI's DNA match probabilities. Recently, an Arizona state crime lab analyst found two unrelated men who matched at nine of 13 loci -- the FBI estimates the odds of such a match to be one in 113 billion.

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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

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