It's tough to get through an entire day at a conference without hearing someone griping about patent-related issues. In the latest edition of Newsweek, columnist Steven Levy talks to some experts about the problems with the US patent system and why people consider it "broken."

 

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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.