This Week in Science

In a news focus, Science looks into the roles that science advisers have played in US administrations. How effective a science adviser is, the article says, depends on the relationship with the rest of the White House and with the scientific community. "It requires grace and intelligence and sharp elbows," Rodney Nichols, the former president of the New York Academy of Sciences, says.

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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.