This Week in PLOS

A number of microRNAs can repress translation of Twist1, a proto-oncogene whose upregulation is linked to resistance to cancer drugs, report Aarhus University researchers in PLOS One. In a number of cell lines, the researchers found that miR-145a-5p, miR-151-5p and a combination of miR-145a-5p and miR-151-5p or of miR-151-5p and miR-337-3p could repress the expression of the oncogene.

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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.