In Genome Biology this week, joint senior authors Dieter Ebert at the University of Basel and Patrick Keeling at the University of British Columbia have sequenced the genome of Octosporea bayeri, a large microsporidian pathogen, and compared it to the more popular, and smaller, genome of Encephalitozoon cuniculi. Using Illumina sequencing, they generated 898 Mb of sequence data and annotated 2,174 genes, 893 of which encode proteins with assigned function.

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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.