Omeros, a Seattle-based drug discovery firm, is getting an injection of money from Washington State's Life Sciences Discovery Fund and local entrepreneur and billionaire Paul Allen, Xconomy reports. Omeros is trying to come up with therapeutics that bind G-protein coupled receptors — targets that have been deemed "undruggable" by many.

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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.