Researchers from Chicago have shown that a gene present in almost 10 percent of the population is the “most commonly inherited cancer susceptibility” gene identified so far, and increases cancer risk by 26 percent.

The gene, transforming growth factor beta receptor 1*6A, which is more common than the BRCA gene mutations, may increase the risk of breast cancer by 48 percent, ovarian cancer by 53 percent, and colon cancer by 38 percent, the researchers have found.

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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.