In his latest post, Ricardo Vidal at My Biotech Life blogs about BioNumbers, billed as a "database of useful biological numbers." (Of course, this database would not be necessary if everyone remembered that the answer is always 42.)

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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.