Question Everything

Hsien-Hsien Lei posts six questions that the American Clinical Laboratory Association suggests consumers ask before buying a genetic test. One is ask yourself if you are willing to take the time to understand what the test will be telling you and if the lab is CLIA-certified.

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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.