Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future wonders if genetic testing will bring about the demise of private insurance companies, particularly in countries with public healthcare systems. The thinking goes that if people do not have to share genetic testing information with private insurers (as is the case in the UK until 2014), people who think they will fall ill will buy private insurance and the healthy others will rely on the public 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.