Antibiotic resistance is a problem for modern medicine, as bacteria can defeat or get around almost any drug thrown at them, says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong. New research shows that bacteria developed genes for antibiotic resistance thousands of years ago, long before antibiotics came about.

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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.