Valleywag reports that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is giving money to 23andMe, his wife Anne Wojcicki's company, through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The post says that Brin have given a large donation to Fox's foundation and then the foundation gave a $600,000 grant to 23andMe for Parkinson's patients to sign up for the company's genetic-testing service.

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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.