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Going over the so-called fiscal cliff isn't necessarily a bad thing for science, argues Colin Macilwain at Nature. Sequestration — which includes sharp budget cuts across the US budget — will be reached at the end of the year if lawmakers do not come to an agreement on a new budget.

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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.