NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BGI confirmed this week that it has filed for an IPO on the ChiNext exchange, and is seeking to raise $250 million through the issuance of 40 million new shares. According to a Chinese media report, BGI recorded revenues of approximately $250 million and operating profit of about $55 million in 2016.

Agilent Technologies announced this week that its board has approved a quarterly dividend of $.13 per share of common stock to be paid on April 26 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 4.

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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.