This Week in PLoS

Researchers from Baylor report in PLoS One on a new metric, called Minimal Match on Either Side of exon junction, that assesses the quality of exon-junction reads from RNA-Seq data by considering the number of junction reads, mismatches on each read, how close the read is to the center of the junction, and where mismatches on the read occur.

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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.