New York Times delves into the touchy topic that's been on everyone's mind in the last several months -- that is, whether the science stimulus package represented a wise use of government funds. "Experts are divided about whether projects [from stimulus funds] are compatible with the intent of Congress to create jobs as fast as possible," the story 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.