Robert Kaye at O'Reilly Radar blogs about a session at ETech 2009, O'Reilly's emerging technology conference that's going on now. The session was a presentation from John Wilbanks (of Science Commons fame), who talked about "how creating a science oriented commons presented unique challenges," Kaye writes.

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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.