This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board reported the 1.8-gigabase genome sequence and transcriptome data of the African oil palm, identifying oil biosynthesis genes and associated regulators.

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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.