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Bruno Sobral executive and scientific director of the Virginia BioInformatics Institute at Virginia Tech and also its founding director is stepping down effective March 2.

Sobral will remain on staff to continue his scientific work in cyberinfrastructure and pathosystems biology. He is professor of plant pathology at the university.

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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.