A post at Ars Technica predicts that the move toward open source textbooks has only just begun. Even though the incentive isn't quite there, some faculty are trying out using blogs, wikis, Second Life, and YouTube to engage and interact with their students -- instead of requiring them to buy hundreds of dollars worth of texts.

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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.