Some 10,000 children to 12,000 children in the US are diagnosed each year with cancer, and a portion of these kids have genetic mutations that place them at risk of developing tumors, the Wall Street Journal reports. It adds that new cancer predisposition clinics are opening to facilitate the management of hereditary pediatric cancer cases.

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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.