Many of the academic freedom bills filling the state legislatures in the US ask that the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution be taught. One state in particular, Texas, will have a broader impact on science education in the US since it is one of the biggest buyers of textbooks in the country and publishers don't like to make different versions for different states, according to the New York Times.

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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.