Innovator Indeed

Stanford University's Stephen Quake has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT prize, reports Reuters. The $500,000 prize recognizes mid-career innovators. Quake has applied principles of physics to biology, and has worked on everything from chips for genetic research to sequencing his own genome to studying protein structures in Ebola and the H5N1 influenza virus.

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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.