This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Biology this week, scientists led by Nicole Washington at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Melissa Haendel at the University of Oregon tested the hypothesis that "ontological annotation of disease phenotypes will facilitate the discovery of new genotype-phenotype relationships within and across species." Using a novel Entity-Quality methodology, they compared gene-linked disease phenotypes among model organisms, including zebrafish, and found that they could

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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.