Roots or Wings?

Over at Benchfly, Alan Marnett contemplates whether a PhD is better off taking a postdoc position in his or her graduate lab or moving to train elsewhere. "Do we stay in the same field? Should we consider working for a competitor?" he asks. When deciding where to take on a postdoc, Marnett says it's best to create a comprehensive list of potential labs.

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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.