This Week in Science

In Science this week, a University of Washington-led group presents data showing that modern-day Melanesians carry genetic components passed down from Denisovans, a group of prehistoric hominins. The team analyzed the genomes of 1,523 individuals globally, including 35 individuals from Northern Island Melanesia in Papua New Guinea.

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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.