Robin Wilson at the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the increased use of videoconferencing services — such as Skype — by hiring committees when interviewing potential employees. This is due in part, she reports, to diminished budgets. Job candidates are now, at least partially, at the mercy of the technology and its potential limitations.

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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.