In the British Journal of Cancer this week, researchers in California and China say that downregulation of SOX2 in cancer stem cells suppresses the growth and metastasis of lung cancer. The researchers show that D121-SP cancer cells contain cancer stem cell characteristics as demonstrated by an upregulation of transcription factors SOX2 and Oct 4. More importantly, the migration of D121-SP was decreased and apoptosis was upregulated after a knockdown of SOX2 in the cells, the authors write.

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Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.