A group of researchers from Stanford University have done what scientists have been trying to do for years, says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong — they have identified a quartet of proteins that can be used together to transform human skin cells into working neurons.

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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.