El Camino Hospital's recent decision to offer genetic testing and consulting services was enabled by the tech-savvy and relatively affluent Silicon Valley community the hospital serves, according to a hospital official.

The hospital, located in Mountain View, Calif., last week announced it had partnered with DNA Direct to open the Genomic Medicine Institute in an effort to integrate genomics into the healthcare management of its patients.

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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.