Four alleles in three genes identified in research in the upcoming issue of the journal Blood may serve as powerful prognostic markers for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia following chemotherapy, while possibly providing drug makers with a new way to stratify clinical trials.

The suspect alleles are a non-null GSTM1 allele, the TYMS 3/3 allele, as well as two alleles of the VDR gene — the FokI and intron 8 polymorphisms.

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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.