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High-throughput analysis of proteins in naked mole rats shows that they live longer because their proteins are more resistant to unfolding, says an article in Technology Review. The work, published in PNAS this week, looked across oxidation states of protein cysteines to find how the longest-lived rodent can withstand oxidative stress, which is thought to be a culprit in aging.

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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.