Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline blogs about a recent post from Rob Carlson at Synthesis who recently toured a garage lab in the Silicon Valley. Carlson disclosed only vague details about the work that "biohackers" are doing in the garage; he only mentions that the participants are "screening for anti-cancer compounds," and includes two color photos depicting portions of an impressive-looking setup.

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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.