Jonathan Eisen has a post on his Tree of Life blog exhorting medical professionals to learn more about evolutionary biology than is offered in most med school settings. He offers a list of his top 10 reasons (which evolved to 11 on the way to posting) medical folks need to understand evolution, including: Epidemiology of infectious disease; antibiotic resistance; the human microbiome; and more.

 

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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.