Sorta Safe and Secure

With the recent spate of security breaches — at Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, among other places — Ed Silverman at Pharmalot wonders whether the US Food and Drug Administration is at risk.

As he writes, though, FDA has already been subject to a "wide-scale" security breach that affected some 14,000 accounts.

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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.