Shinya Yamanaka tells the Los Angeles Times that he started working with induced pluripotent stem cells because the stem cell field was so competitive. "I decided to go the opposite direction — [turning body cells] back to the embryonic state," he says.

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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.

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In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.