An article in the Guardian wonders whether designer babies -- as well as IVF used to avoid having children with major diseases -- will ever be possible, considering our current lack of knowledge of gene function and how genes and environment interact. Vivienne Parry writes, "Altering genes isn't like editing a document in Word. DNA is an invisibly thin molecule coiled upon itself with the millions of letters that we can't see -- trying to alter just three letters without damaging anything else is a truly daunting task.

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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.