The Function Hunters

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There was just one problem at all the parties, press conferences, and publications celebrating the completion of the Human Genome Project (again and again and again) — and that problem was the sinking feeling in the pit of scientists’ stomachs as they realized that, even though they’d achieved their goal of sequencing the human genome, they weren’t necessarily all that much closer to understanding what any of it meant.

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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.