Science for All

New Scientist's Michael Brooks recently spoke with Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan — who is also president of that country's Royal Scientific Society — about how science is perceived and how it should be used to "serve all the world's people." In the Arab world, the princess says, there isn't a clear understanding that science can improve lives.

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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.