This Week in PLOS

Australian and American researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases present evidence for widespread infection by Schistosoma japonicum blood flukes in schistosomiasis-endemic regions in the Philippines. Using fecal samples from 560 individuals living in six schistosomiasis-endemic villages in the Philippines, the team tested a new real-time quantitative PCR assay for S. japonicum infection.

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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.