Stance on Science

The presidential primary season in the US kicked off with the Iowa caucus, and ScienceInsider takes a look at how the candidates stand on research funding, climate change, and more. It notes, though, that "the candidates have yet to sound off on many topics of interest to researchers."

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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.