Draft Policies

The US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has finished its year-long discussion of the ethical implications of applying whole genome sequencing to genetic research and clinical care, writes Dan Klotz at the commission's blog. "The Commission's recommendations," said commission chair Amy Gutmann, "clump into two big categories, one is consent to whole genome sequencing and to the possible findings and how they will be treated, and the other is oversight."

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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.