So Much on Its Plate

The Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship reminds us all that there might be some re-organization going on at NIH. The Scientific Management Review Board, selected by Elias Zerhouni before his resignation last October, met to ponder the possibility that the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse should merge, and also whether the structure of intramural research at NIH, including the clinical center, should be reviewed.

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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.