Writing for the New York Times style section as part of its "Modern Love" series, Boston College professor Caroline Bicks describes her two-body problem that was resolved, but only to return. The author and her husband successfully found tenure-track positions in the same city after working apart for some time, she writes, though a few years later her husband was denied tenure, while she was awarded it.

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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.