This Week in Science

The speed with which funds from the stimulus package are given out by the NIH or NSF won't comprise the quality of the research, reports Science. To get the money out the door quickly and into researchers' hands, the funding agencies will look to the existing applicant pool and NIH is also soliciting for two-year challenge grants with an application deadline in late April. "Our instructions to the panels haven't changed," says Peter Marsh, the director of NSF's Division of Mathematical Sciences.

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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.