Not Just an X-ray

At the Decision Tree, Thomas Goetz blogs that he is "fearful" that with all the interest by Congress in personal genetic testing that "the FDA will feel obligated to regulate and shut us off from what is rightfully ours." Goetz adds that "this isn't a drug, and this isn't a device — it's information about ourselves" and that it provides consumers with the ability "to take control of their health."

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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.