In the one year since it was founded, the Cell Systems Initiative at the University of Washington School of Medicine has forged a number of corporate alliances, raised several million dollars in financing, and launched six research projects all of which are intended for commercial development.

Most recently, CSI of Seattle, which is designed to serve as an incubator for technologies designed to analyze the properties of cells and cell dynamics, announced the appointment of former Oracle executive Joseph Duncan as chief of operations and information technology.

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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.