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Pharmalot's Ed Silverman wonders how pharmaceutical companies will deal with the impending "patent cliffs" they face that will leave them with no patent protection on their most popular drugs. One idea, he says, is to create an atmosphere of customer loyalty, emulating companies like Apple or Starbucks. Writing in BusinessWeek, consultants G.

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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.