A New Standard

The US House of Representative passed a bill yesterday to reform the country's patent system, reports ScienceInsider. The bill would change the standard used to grant patents from the current "first to invent" standard to a "first to file" standard, which is more common in the rest of the world.

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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.