Boonsri Dickinson, a blogger at SmartPlanet (which is sponsored by IBM), says that JCVI's "Daniel Gibson can synthesize genomes the way the Iron Chef whips up a mean dinner dish." In speaking with Gibson recently, Dickinson collected the researcher's thoughts on building genomes, producing vaccines, and leisure-reading.

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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.