What to do if you're looking for signs of life in an alien world, but those life forms aren't DNA based? A genome sequencer, of course.

That's what scientists at the recent Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, as well as a paper in press in Astrobiology, says, Science reports.

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Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

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.