This Week in Science

In Science this week, a group of Chinese investigators reported on the discovery of a cocktail of small molecules that can induce somatic cells to become pluripotent stem cells. The researchers used a combination of seven drugs to reprogram about 0.2 percent of mouse somatic cells into pluripotent cells that resemble embryonic stem cells. The chemical reprogramming strategy offers a new route to generate functional desirable cell types for clinical applications.

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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.