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there's a summary of the 2001 study at new scientist:
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns9999913
(called, "six degrees of copulation" - actually a very serious piece)

not sure to what degree the researchers were modeling the network when they
were studying the spread of disease within a small community, but
interesting, there is an online networking parody site that is actually
attempting to do this as well, primarily in the us...

at any rate, if anybody knows more about this, i'd be particularly curious
to know how results were applied (e.g. did they really work with physicians
to identify and communicate with the 'most likely hubs' for transmission of
std's, or did this remain a dream?)
-dave


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