The Guardian's DataBlog reports from the Teradata Partners' Conference in Washington, DC, that while many view the big data trend as "overly corporate," it is "becoming increasingly clear that it can be — and is being — a force for good in the wider world."

One example is the use of big data methods to analyze growing volumes of genome sequencing data — specifically cloud computing solutions from Amazon and Microsoft, the blog notes.

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American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.