NEW YORK, March 7 - Biotech companies, including genomics-firms-cum-drug-discoverers, will get to keep the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, but it'll cost them a bit more than they're used to.

After seven months of back-room negotiations, the US Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries have come to a provisional agreement on a new version of the popular act.

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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.

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