Technology Review has an interview with Lee Hood, who apparently was once considered "something of a maverick," according to the article (sorry, Lee, we can't all be full-fledged mavericks like Craig Venter). Hood says, "One of the grand challenges in systems biology is to move from simple, single-celled model organisms up to higher organisms -- flies and worms, eventually to mice, and ultimately to humans."

 

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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.