Manchester Management

Manchester Management's James Besser this week sent a letter to the company's board and shareholders asserting that management had moved the date of Vermillion's annual meeting to make difficult any action by shareholders dissatisfied by the poor performance of the firm's stock.

An exchange this week between Vermillion and the Boston-based hedge fund that holds a nearly 10 percent stake in the company has exposed a rift between the company's management and one of its largest shareholders.

The shareholder wants to make it easier to make changes to Vermillion's management team and board amid a drop in the company's share price over the past year.

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.