SOLiD Saga

At PolITiGenomics, David Dooling points out a letter that the senior director of scientific operations at ABI, Kevin McKernan, wrote to the UK House of Lords last November. In it, he says that the Sanger Centre is biased against ABI due to the company's association with Craig Venter during the human genome sequencing race and says the center had close ties to Solexa.

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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.

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In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.