This Week in Science

In Science this week, a research team led by University of Utah and University of Copenhagen scientists publish the genomes of the domestic rock pigeon as well as 36 other breeds and two wild species of the bird, offering insights into how the animals evolved. The investigators found that most pigeon breeds originated in the Middle East, and that escaped birds of a racing breed contributed to North American populations.

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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.