Yahoo's new Build Your Own Search Service allows programmers to use Yahoo's index of the web, reports MIT's Technology Review. This service should remove "the biggest barrier to search innovation," according to the article. The head of Yahoo Research says that BOSS projects might come up with better ways to search videos or images, incorporated social networking, or actually understand Web page content rather than the keywords and links.

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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.