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With a bevy of blockbuster drugs slated to lose patent protection over the next several years and a number of large pharmaceutical players cutting staff, life science instrument vendors could be facing a potential tightening of pharma spending budgets reminiscent of a couple of years ago.
 

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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.