Lorus Therapeutics reported the publication of preclinical data on its lead siRNA cancer drug, siRNA-1284, marking the first formal announcement of the company’s intention to play in the RNAi-based drugs arena.

According to Jeff Lightfoot, project manager at Lorus, the company has been working on expanding beyond antisense into RNAi for about three years, primarily focusing on molecules that target R2, a subunit of the enzyme ribonucleotide reductase, which is required for DNA synthesis and repair.

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.