The end of the year maybe a good time to clean out the lab, and the folks over at Bitesize Bio offer tips on how to best catalog samples. "If you stay organized and implement a clear and concise cataloging system from day one, it will save you time and energy in the long run," Ellen Moran at Bitesize Bio notes.

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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.