Handshakes and networks

Prove that at a recent convention of biophysicists the number of scientists in attendance who shook hands an odd number of times is even. The same problem can be expressed graphically as follows. Put as many dots (biophysicists) as you wish on a sheet of paper. Draw as many lines (handshakes) as you wish from any dot to any other dot. A dot can “shake hands” as often as you please, or not at all. Prove that the number of dots with an odd number of lines joining them is even.

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