This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Pathogens, New York University microbiologist P'ng Loke and collaborators look at the consequences of using the parasitic whipworm Trichuris trichiura as a possible treatment for five rhesus macaque monkeys with idiopathic chronic diarrhea, or ICD, a condition that resembles ulcerative colitis. In four of the five animals, the helminth worm treatment seemingly improved ICD symptoms, they report.

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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.