Nearly four months after a US District Court in Connecticut issued an injunction preventing Bio-Rad Laboratories' MJ Research division from selling thermal cycler products, Applied Biosystems parent Applera and Bio-Rad Laboratories announced last week that they had resumed settlement talks to resolve outstanding issues between the firms.

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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.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.