Even GTO is sick of this story. Wired reports that California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the stem cell agency, just had to disqualify 10 research groups that it had previously awarded grants. The groups were charged with conflict of interest problems because "officials at the research institutions applying for multimillion-dollar grants also hold positions at CIRM," the article says.

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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.