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In a letter to the editor, Raghavendra Gadagkar of the Indian Institute of Science makes a case against open-access publishing in developing countries. In preferring the 'publish for free and pay to read' model over the 'pay to publish and read for free' one, Gadagkar says, "If I must choose between publishing or reading, I would choose to publish.

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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.