This Week in Nature

Nature this week brings home next-generation sequencing for cheaper, faster, and more accurate whole genome sequencing. A consortium led by Illumina sequenced the first African genome, that of a male Yoruban from Nigeria. They characterized 4 million SNPs and 400,000 structural variants.

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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.