In an attempt to further validate genetic mutations linked to cancer, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center plans to start off genetically testing lung cancer patients, and eventually test all patients that come to the hospital with a positive biopsy or a tumor.

"Genetic fingerprinting is currently being offered to our lung cancer group," said Darrell Borger, co-director of Mass General's new Translational Research Lab where the genetic profiling will be conducted.

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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.