New Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing new rules about how researchers can use human subjects in their studies, reports The New York Times' Andrew Pollack. The government says the new guidelines strengthen protections for study subjects and reduce red tape.

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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.