Microbes Around Us

Microbes are everywhere, shaping the environment, even indoors, and a series of studies indicates that the design of those indoor spaces may affect what microorganisms are found there, Wired reports.

"Design choices at the level of a whole building make a really big impact on the types of invisible organisms that you see in a room," Jessica Green, a microbial ecologist at the University of Oregon, tells Wired.

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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.