At the Epigenetics News blog, Trevor has a post offering tips to undergraduates for how to get the most out of their time in the lab. Some of them are things scientists in the labs won't want to hear (classes come before the lab, and "not all advice is good advice") and others will be music to their ears, such as "learn good lab techniques from postdoctoral fellows and lab managers."

 

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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.