At the National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research's Extramural Nexus blog, Director Sally Rockey discusses the agency's "wide variety of funding mechanisms which span the full gamut of the biomedical research career." From the pre-bac T34 Institutional Training Grant mechanism to the K05 Senior Scientist Awards, NIH's career development awards support investigators at nearly every career stage.

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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.