This Week in Science

This week, Science publishes technical comments from three groups on a May 2011 paper from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Mingyao Li et al., "Widespread RNA and DNA sequence differences in the human transcriptome." Claudia Kleinman and Jacek Majewski at McGill University say that "common sources of systematic errors in high-throughput sequencing technology, which were not properly account

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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.