When a federal advisory panel last week asked two prominent journals to withhold details of experiments for fear they might aid terrorists seeking to make deadly viruses, “the specter of censorship loomed over science,” says William Broad at The New York Times.

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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.