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The 2012 winners of Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awards include the Carnegie Institution for Science's Donald Brown and Columbia University's Tom Maniatis, reports the Associated Press, which adds that the prize is worth $250,000.

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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.