Keith Robison had been wondering what interesting organisms were left to be sequenced. He found on the Human Ageing Genomic Resources site a proposal to sequence the naked mole-rat, the white-faced capuchin monkey, and the bowhead whale to better understand their longevity.

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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.