Competition between microfluidic- and array-based technologies that can detect the presence of biological and chemical threats has increased in recent months.

Agilent has released a microfluidic-based pathogen detector, while rival companies plan this year on providing government sponsors with array-based threat-detecting prototypes.

The firm has been busy recently marketing its automated lab-on-chip platform [ALP] 5100 bioanalyzer — most prominently to the US Departments of Homeland Security and Defense — as a rapid pathogen-detection system.

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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.