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In PLOS Genetics, researchers at the Karolinska Institute and the University of Helsinki describe two loci with apparent ties to vitamin D metabolism or supplement response, based on a genome-wide association study involving more than 750 two-year-olds from Finland.

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The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.

A controversial paper on the gender gap in science has been corrected, according to BuzzFeed News.

The Los Angeles Times reports that only a third of California students meet the state's new science standards.

In Science this week: evidence of interbreeding between the ancestors of West Africans and an unknown archaic human, and more.