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The firm's ROS1 gene fusion kit was approved as a companion diagnostic for Pfizer's Xalkori.

The Japan Times says regulations are needed to oversee human genome-editing research.

Got to Get Ahead

Japan needs to catch up on its gene-editing research efforts, the Japan News writes.

Japan is creating its first biosafety level-4 lab in response to concerns about the Ebola outbreak, Nature News reports.

The center, based in Yokohama, Japan, will likely purchase at least one single-molecule sequencer in order to avoid PCR-induced bias in Cap Analysis of Gene Expression, a method its researchers developed.

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.