Science Boosters

Kristy Hentchel, a postdoc at the University of Chicago, writes at Science Careers that her postdoc's science policy committee had been floundering until recent political events thrust science policy back into the spotlight. She further offers ways early-career researchers can become involved in policy.

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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.