One part of reading grant proposals Proflife Substance particularly enjoys is that it makes him think about his own work differently. But, he says, "herein lies a dilemma with all reviewing — determining where the line is between stimulating independent thought and leaning on someone else's ideas."

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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.