While many consider the end of a year the proper time to wind down, Travis Medley at Bitesize Bio says that job-seekers would be remiss to ignore the holiday hiring "rush" that often occurs in the fourth quarter, the period in which "many staffing firms have their strongest months." According to Medley, many companies intensify their employee searches at the end of the year.

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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.