On the Daily Show with Jon Stewart this week, Martin Blaser from New York University argues that narrow-spectrum antibiotics and new diagnostics are needed to better home in on pathogenic bacteria while leaving beneficial members of the microbiome alone.

"We have so much genomic information, we can harness that to make better medicine," says Blaser, who was there promoting his new book Missing Microbes.

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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.