A recent Slate article says that there are too many Democrats in science. Democrats found themselves in a unique position during the Bush administration and were able to "score political points" by accusing Bush of being "anti-science," says Slate's Daniel Sarewitz. Now they're convinced that anyone who disagrees with them on issues like climate change is "fundamentally irrational," he adds.

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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.