Just two and a half years after it opened its doors with $7.4 million in funding from New York State and the National Institutes of Health, the RNA Institute at the University at Albany has received another significant boost with Sigma-Aldrich agreeing to donate libraries of hundreds of thousands of small RNAs for use by institute-affiliated researchers.

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Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

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.