US government spending on basic research at universities and colleges was basically flat, and even down a bit in some fields, in fiscal year 2012. That finding, from the National Science Foundation, is not surprising to anyone who has kept up with how the federal budget has been at the center of a multi-year partisan battle over government spending.

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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.