This Week in Science

In this week's issue of Science, Elizabeth Finkel writes about 'phenomics' in this news story. Borrowing imaging techniques from medicine, phenomics is to plant biologists what high-throughput sequencing is to geneticists: it allows for detailed observations of the inner working of plants on a large scale. "Institutes worldwide are racing to build facilities with instrument arrays that can scan thousands of plants a day," she writes.

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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.