Patent Concerns

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe announced earlier this week that it has received its first patent. As our sister publication BioArray News reports, the patent, US Patent No. 8,187,811, covers a method for determining an individual's susceptibility to Parkinson's disease.

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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.