NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Washington State University will use $1.7 million from the US Department of Defense to find out if toxic chemicals US soldiers are potentially exposed to in Iraq could cause genetic damage that could then be passed along to their offspring, WSU scientist Michael Skinner said this week.
 

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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.