Pause to Discuss

A temporary stop in research — such as the one recommended earlier this month by the International Summit on Human Gene Editing organizing committee — will give investigators and ethicists time to weigh both the benefits and the risks of germline genome editing, the New York Times editorial board writes.

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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.