Making the most out of a conference can take some planning ahead. Southern Fried Science's David Shiffman offers a number of tips and tricks aimed at graduate students having a good conference, starting with going to one. "Few graduate students attend as many conferences as I do, but entirely too many don't attend any conferences.

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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.