This is an updated version of a report that first appeared in BRN on July 28.

By Alex Philippidis

The mark-up of a healthcare reform bill by the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee led one of its subcommittees to postpone a hearing scheduled for Thursday that was to review decisions made by the US Department of Homeland Security that led to the decision to site the $523 million National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility being in Kansas.

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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.