It seems as though it's being-a-new-PI-is-a-really-tough-gig week in the academic science blogosphere, and over at his space, Prof-like Substance discusses the dynamics of competing interests amongst mentors and their trainees.

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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.