In a guest post at the Just Another Electron Pusher blog, Chemjobber says that when it comes to alternative careers in science, not all options are good ones. Chemists, he says, are unlikely to be fit for careers as fashion designers, diplomats, traffic cops, or organic farmers.

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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.