Jonathan Eisen is encouraging people to check out a recent PLoS ONE paper on the metagenomics of a bathypelagic habitat deep in the Mediterranean. In the article, the scientists discover that, in the absence of light, water temperature is more important than depth in determining the community structure.

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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.