Researchers have uncovered some 58,000 types of long-noncoding RNAs that are produced made by human cells, suggesting that much of the human genome has some sort of role to play, Carl Zimmer writes at the New York Times.

He notes, though, that some researchers doubt the importance of lncRNA and argue they are just noise.

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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.