At In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe offers some nice advice on what to do if you’re a chemist who’s been laid off — or simply looking for a career change. Clinical development, patent law, or science writing are just a few areas where chemists can apply their skills without actually having to be at the bench, he writes.

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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.