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Google's resources and approach are enticing academic life science researchers, Nature News reports.

Bill Maris, a managing partner at Google Ventures, argues that genetic information needs to be shared and isn't private anyway, Bloomberg Business reports.

Thomas Insel, director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, will be stepping down in November to join Alphabet.

BioTeam has developed a web portal for the MSSNG repository that offers easy access to genomic, phenotype, and clinical data collected through the project.

L Is for Life Science

The first company to be formed under Google's new Alphabet umbrella is based on its life sciences group.

What About the Moon?

Google's restructuring as Alphabet may open its 'moonshot' programs like Calico to greater investor scrutiny.

The initiative aims to integrate clinical, genomic, environmental, and other data from patients to help determine disease mechanisms and develop precise therapies.

The partners initially plan to offer a cloud-based iteration of the Genome Analysis Toolkit with more tools to follow in future.

The company is putting finishing touches on new cloud-based applications for metagenomics and oncology that it could launch as early as next year.

Store it Here

Amazon and Google are striving to be researchers' go-to service for genomic data storage and analysis, Reuters reports.

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The Guardian reports that visa costs could prevent scientists and others from coming to the UK.

The Trump Administration is reconsidering its plan to issue an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication, Times Higher Education reports.

Nature News says some preprint repositories may close down due to a lack of funds to cover costs.

In Nature this week: framework for analyzing cancer mutational signatures, treatment resistance in small cell lung cancer followed by increased intratumoral heterogeneity, and more.