Big Man, Little Pants

Ion Torrent's latest Apple-style ad for its Personal Genome Machine touts PGM's sequencing chip, which allows the throughput to get bigger while the machine stays the same size — implying that Illumina's attempt to put its HiSeq technology into a small MiSeq is like trying to stuff a fat man into a pair of skinny jeans.

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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.