NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Australia is providing A$652 million (US$673.5 million) to fund 1,141 grants for medical research across the continent, Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek announced today.

The grants include funding for 'omics-related research and are being administered by the National Health and Medical Research Council. They address needs from basic science to research translation and support scientists through the early and mid-stages of their careers, NHMRC said.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

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