Is everyone familiar with their Erdos number? GTO thinks of it as a brainy version of the Kevin Bacon game -- determining how many degrees separate you from someone else (most of the time, Kevin Bacon, but in this instance, mathematician Paul Erdos).

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.