With a hungry eye on the cancer diagnostics market, ViroLogic has finally closed its $180 million acquisition of Aclara Biosciences, whose eTag technology may allow the combined company to create products complementing targeted-medicine hopefuls Erbitux and Iressa, among other cancer drugs.

Since some physicians are familiar with ViroLogic’s molecular diagnostics for HIV drug resistance, the company hopes its success in this market can act as a springboard into cancer testing and treatment, ViroLogic CEO Bill Young told Pharmacogenomics Reporter.

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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.