This Week in Science

In Science this week, a multi-institute team of Australian researchers reports on the discovery of a protein found in the female reproductive tract that appears to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. The protein, interferon-epsilon, is expressed by cells that line the ovary, uterus, cervix, and vagina, and mice lacking interferon-epsilon are more susceptible to infection with herpes simplex virus 2 and chlamydia.

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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.