This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team from Wageningen University reports on the identification of a gene that regulates the initiation of tuber development and plant maturity in potatoes. The plant originated in the Andes and evolved short day-dependent tuber formation as a propagation strategy. In more northern latitudes such as the US and Europe, potatoes needed to adapt to being grown in long-day conditions.

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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.