Judge Sweet's words have been heard all the way in Australia. Lawyers in the land down under are suing four biotech companies, including Genetic Technologies in Australia and Myriad Genetics in the US to challenge the validity of their gene patents, says Life Scientist blogger Tim Dean.

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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.