This week, Fisher Scientific becomes the latest company to join the BCW Index. The firm, which completed its purchase of high-content screening firm Cellomics a couple of weeks ago, has been a competitor to several firms in the Index over the past couple of years through its RNAi and protein assay kits and reagents, and now will compete against others with its cell screening operations (see related article).

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

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

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.