NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was welcomed to Washington, DC, last week with a call from over 100 members of the personalized medicine community to implement policy changes that will advance diagnostic and pharmacogenomic technologies.

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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.