This is the first in a three-part series covering the interplay between genomic hotspots and the real estate markets that serve them. This installment examines how young genomics firms are faring in the broad biotech settlements of Montgomery County, Md., where robust demand and anemic supply have conspired to drive rent prices ever higher.

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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.

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

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

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