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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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.