This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the US and Uruguay consider features found in the common liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica, using genome sequencing and comparative genomics. The team generated a reference genome sequence for a liver fluke isolated from a sheep in Oregon that was also infected with Neorickettsia bacteria resembling those behind Sennetsu fever and Potomac horse fever. With the 1.14 billion base genome, re-sequenced genomes for F.

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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.