This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Genetics this week, Yamagata University's Masao Ueki and Newcastle University's Heather Cordell discuss the theoretical properties and performance of a statistic for testing interaction between two loci, linked or unlinked, which was recently proposed by Bengbu Medical College's Xuesen Wu et al.

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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.