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The social networks of science

Social networkers have nothing on scientists who have used the Internet since its inception to keep tabs on everything from hot research findings to the latest tensions on the sometimes testy intersection between science and religion.

In that tradition, the Nature Publishing Group has launched Scitable, a site where scientists and students can browse articles, connect with peers, build online classrooms and share content.

The site’s initial emphasis is on genetics, the study of evolution, variation and the complexity of living organisms.

Not surprisingly, one of the first contributors is biologist PZ Myers, the University of Minnesota Morris professor who runs the popular and often feisty Pharyngula blog. Faculty members named on the site include Don Bogdanske, a biology teacher at Wisconsin’s Ripon High School and co-director for the Wisconsin Science Congress.

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