Over at Science in the Open, Cameron Neylon is trying to move to open notebook status and says that it's not been an easy process. He says it's hard to keep up with recording the process of finding experimental solutions (instead, it's easier just to write out the successful protocol), and that data analysis -- "particularly when it uses a variety of specialist software tools" -- is difficult to record.

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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.