DrugMonkey has a post on why he's a scientist, despite his -- and others' -- love/hate relationship with it. The passion for discovery and the pursuit of truth pretty much sums it up for him. He recounts one of his most vivid memories of grad school when, late one night in the lab, he was finally able to see a protein that he'd been working for months to visualize. "It was totes awesome!!!!

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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.