The US National Institutes of Health and the family of Henrietta Lacks have come to an agreement to allow researchers controlled access to whole-genome data from the HeLa cell lines that were derived from cells from Lacks' cancer without her knowledge or consent.

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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.