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The South Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology received a number of complaints following the proposed removal of references to evolution in high school biology textbooks, and it plans to set up a panel to supervise any future textbook changes, reports the Nature News Blog.

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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.