Is it smart to use third-party services? asks Cameron Neylon at Science in the Open. In response to a comment to one of his blog posts, he tackles that question in a fresh post. Two sides to the question are whether that outside service provider is more or less reliable than your own hard drive, and whether that reliability will be offered over the long term. Neylon suggests a blend, or rather, trust no one.

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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.