Quaking With Fear

There is increasing political will for open access to taxpayer-financed scientific research, The Economist reports. The British government recently announced that all research that it funds must be freely available online, beginning in 2013. Shortly thereafter, the European Union said that research it funds between 2014 and 2020 must also be accessible online, for free.

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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.