The Scholarly Kitchen's Tim Vines notes that "the opinions of highly respected senior scientists tend to get a lot of attention, and a number have lamented the state of peer review." Because of this, he asks: "What if the reviewer experience for high-profile researchers is the exception and not the rule?"

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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.