This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, an international research team publishes the first high-quality reference genome for quinoa. They specifically sequenced the genome of a Chilean coastal variety of quinoa along with the genomes of additional Chenopodium species to better understand the crop's genetic diversity and genomic evolution.

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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.