In Clinical Cancer Research, researchers in the US and Europe elucidated the biological role of transcription factor Sp1 in multiple myeloma. Sp1 controls a number of cellular processes, the researchers write. For this study, they investigated functional Sp1 activity in multiple myeloma cell lines, and found that there is high Sp1 activity in the cancer cells and that it is further induced by adhesion to bone marrow stromal cells.

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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.