Using funding from Google.org's Predict and Prevent Initiative, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School have launched HealthMap, a website that aggregates information from sources like Google News, WHO, and online discussion groups to track disease outbreaks.

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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.