Members of the US House of Representatives questioned NIH Director Francis Collins and Thomas Insel, the acting director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, last week about their budget plans for 2013. This week, it was the US Senate's turn, says ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser.

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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.