While the road to a science PhD is long and increasingly won't end in an academic position, Daniel Lametti, a current graduate student, writes at Slate that a science PhD is still worth the effort. Lametti argues that only about half of science PhDs even want to pursue a career in academia and that a science PhD opens doors in other professions like investment banking or journalism.

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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.