John Backus, a longtime IBM employee who in the 1950s developed the Fortran programming language -- the first language that made it possible to deliver instructions to a computer without coding each one by hand -- died this weekend at 82.
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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.