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With all the emphasis lately on translational research, Steve Caplan from the University of Nebraska Medical Center writes at The Guardian's Occam's Corner blog that he has "decided to come out of the scientific closet, and openly declare my support of non-translational, basic research."

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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.