Affymetrix customers have looked on as the once acquisition-cautious Affy bought more companies since the beginning of the year than it has since the start of the decade.
 
The array shop paid $75 million for USB in February, bought True Materials for $25 million five months later, last week purchased Panomics for $73 million in cash, and has hinted it will make more acquisitions in 2009.
 

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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.