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Sociobiologist and Pulitzer Prize-winner E.O. Wilson was one of three recipients of the TED Prize at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference held this week. Each honoree received $100,000 to put toward a single project; Wilson has dedicated his to "build an 'Encyclopedia of Life,' a map of all the varieties of life on Earth," according to this news article.

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The Associated Press reports that a state board in Texas has asked ANDE, a maker of rapid DNA machines, to halt its work there.

James Wyngaarden, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, has died at 94, according to Duke University School of Medicine.

Researchers find that a 30-year-old skull comes from a narwhal-beluga hybrid, according to Science News.

In Nature this week: study of value diversity in GWAS, Epstein-Barr virus subtypes linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma risk, and more.