When Faster IS Better

A WSJ op-ed piece by Richard Miller, an oncologist and the CEO of the Bay Area-based Pharmacyclics, argues that the FDA needs to get cancer drugs to market quicker. Maybe he should direct his eye toward Scottish scientists at the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, who are developing a large molecular sensing device they plan to use to test for signature patterns of drug side effects.

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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.