A Quick Primer

The Washington Post rounds up how scientific thought on genes has evolved since Gregor Mendel tended his pea plants. It’s a good place to send those English majors who don’t quite understand how biology has changed from "one gene, one protein" to include non-coding elements, those insulators, micro-RNAs, exon-splicing enhancers, or 3'-untranslated hairpins that regulate the protein-encoding genes.

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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.