Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted tips to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. But when zombies attack the lab ('Better safe than sorry,' right CDC Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan?), a seemingly mundane piece of equipment might save the day. In a first-person narrative posted to LabLit this week, author Nigel Eastmond chronicles an unnamed protagonist's triumphant victory over his living-dead labmates using an unlikely weapon — an improperly balanced centrifuge.

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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.