Approximately 20,000 Challenge Grant applications were submitted, says NIH. All those applicants should expect their summary statements with critiques and criterion score from three reviewers by August. According to NIH, more than 18,000 researchers will participate in the peer review process for the Challenge Grants.

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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.