This Week in Science

In Science this week, investigators at The Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine in Israel show that specific E. coli mRNAs "are targeted to the future destination of their encoded proteins, cytoplasm, poles, or inner membrane in a translation-independent manner." The Hebrew University team says that contrary to the common belief that "transcription and translation are coupled in bacteria," its results show that post-synthesis, some mRNAs in E.

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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.