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Despite its well-received genome-wide association scan papers, DeCode Genetics is on the brink of extinction, says Technology Review. According to the article, DeCode has spent more than $600 million, never made a profit, and has $3.7 million left as its stock hovers at 57 cents, down from $29 when the company first launched. Founder Kari Stefansson recently told investors that he is re-envisioning DeCode as a gene-based diagnostics company.

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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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