The Guardian reports on Harvard's George Whitesides and his advances in making microfluidic paper that may be used as diagnostics that will "revolutionise third-world medical testing," the article says. The paper includes polymer-lined channels that direct minute volumes of blood to reagent-filled wells.

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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.