At his Personal Genome blog, Jason Bobe compares the consumer genomics field to the personal computing industry by way of explaining his prediction that as many as 50 million people will have their genome sequenced by 2015. While Bobe makes it clear that there's no good evidence for that number, from GTO's perspective, it still sounds mighty optimistic.

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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.