This Week in Cell

In a Cell paper published online in advance this week, an international team led by investigators at Children's Hospital Boston shows that "the RNA exosome targets the AID [activation-induced cytidine deaminase ] … to both strands of transcribed duplex DNA substrates." More specifically, the authors write, the RNA exosome "accumulates on IgH switch regions in an AID-dependent fashion," a process that is "required for optimal" class switch recombination.

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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.