Blogger This Scientist says that a recent conversation with a colleague cleared up some misconceptions she'd had about careers in science policy. "When I heard the phrase 'science policy,' I had always imagined people with science degrees that were pushing to have particular laws changed and having strong partisan affiliations and possibly screaming 'Save the Whales,'" she says.

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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.