Let's imagine a world without GenBank. Instead, results of the Human Genome Project and all the other genome projects have, over the years, been published intermittently on the personal homepages of the labs that did the sequencing. Some labs set up a nice little spreadsheet of their reads and made them available for download, but the formats tend to vary wildly across labs so it's tough to integrate these reads to build a larger picture.

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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.