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In Nature, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Francisco, describe the creation of genetic programs from layered logic gates in single cells. To do so, they developed a set of transcriptional AND gates in Escherichia coli, which integrate two promoter inputs and control one promoter output.

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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.