By Tony Fong

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Wednesday marked the third day of the Jefferies 2011 Global Healthcare Conference here. Below are highlights from firms in the life science tools space that presented earlier in the day.

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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.