When Rob Knop was a junior faculty member he says he went to a meeting where an associate provost said that grant support wasn't necessary to receive tenure, and that the applicant only needed to be an excellent researcher. The provost continued to say that to be a good researcher in the sciences means continual funding — and that means having more than one grant.

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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.