Carl Zimmer heard Craig Venter speak at the Oxonian Society in New York. The audience, says Zimmer, was more interested in people than in Venter's energy plans, so Venter told them about the differences between his genome and James Watson's. When one person asked about the ethics of cloning and whether armies of clones would arise, Venter said that scientists don't have such science fiction-ish ambition because they're too boring.

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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.