Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe blogs about the outcome of all those compounds that are discovered but can't be used as therapeutics. After looking at a particular compound that will never be used as a therapeutic, he writes, "But all this brings up another thing that we were talking about around here -- how much do drug companies owe academia for working out fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology?

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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.