At the WSJ's Health Blog, Alice Mundy writes about a sting operation conducted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to determine whether companies overseeing clinical studies need more oversight. The committee set up up a sting, posing as a company called Device Med-Systems, with a fake surgical product called Adhesiablog that needed to go through a clinical trial.

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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.