Gizmos Galore

At TEDMED, Craig Venter "made a convincing argument" that studying the genes from the aquatic microbes he found during his time at sea could led to new medications, says Wired Science. As all those microbe fight each other off with various chemicals, Venter estimates that 10,000 antibiotics could be discovered in the ocean.

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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.