The translation of clinical studies into the actual clinic is the holy grail of biomedical research, but it's a lot harder than it sounds. On the one hand, says Forbes' David Shaywitz, to really study and understand something, you need to take it apart and focus on the most basic aspects. On the other hand, putting everything back together to the point where it can help patients is difficult.

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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.