A Small Step

GlaxoSmithKline plans to open its labs to outside, nonprofit collaborators to spur research into malaria and other neglected diseases, Chief Executive Andrew Witty told Forbes. One such project for therapies to treat parasitic worms is being carried out in conjunction with Emory University researchers and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. “GSK is providing us direct access to the scientists and all of the [internal] reports in the program. ...

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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.