It seems as though it's being-a-new-PI-is-a-really-tough-gig week in the academic science blogosphere, and over at his space, Prof-like Substance discusses the dynamics of competing interests amongst mentors and their trainees.

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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.