The Gene Sherpa follows up on news that Kaiser Permanente and the University of California, San Francisco, won a $24.8 million NIH grant to use data and biospecimens from 100,000 Kaiser members in a large-scale study of the health implications of genetic and environmental interactions.

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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.