When it comes to de novo sequencing, next-generation technologies have largely stayed within the realm of bacteria. But two independent recent genome projects show that next-gen sequencing, combined with Sanger sequencing, can tackle eukaryotic genomes, despite challenges like homopolymers and repeat sequences that these genomes tend to harbor.

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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.