Good to the Last Drop

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have developed a biological mechanism to keep microbes from poisoning themselves after they produce biofuels, says ClimateWire's Umair Irfan. This dynamic sensor-regulator system "acts as a shock absorber, slowing down chemical production in a cell before it reaches toxic levels and scaling it back up when the coast is clear," Irfan 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.