Shares of Regulus Therapeutics fell back near their already-reduced initial public offering level this week, suggesting that Wall Street may be less willing to embrace microRNA therapeutics than may have been anticipated.

By mid-morning Thursday, shares of Regulus were selling around $4.15, just $0.15 over the price at which they debuted to the public on Oct. 5.

To Byron Capital Markets analyst Doug Loe, the tepid response to Regulus' IPO is likely due to a combination of factors, most notably the early-stage nature of its product candidates.

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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.