President Barack Obama is to name Donald Berwick, a professor of pediatrics and health-policy at Harvard Medical School, to lead Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, reports the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog. The paper adds that Berwick — if confirmed — would be taking on big challenges.
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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.