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A new study in PNAS on rhesus macaques shows that a change in their social status leads to epigenetic changes that affect their health, reports Nature News' Zoë Corbyn. A Duke University team studied 49 captive female rhesus macaques all originally with a medium social rank, and then divided them into groups where their ranks changed.

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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.