The US Patent and Trademark Office this week issued Nanogen Patent Number 6,821,729 for a “Device for Molecular Biological Analysis and Diagnostics Including Waveguides,” the company said in a statement. The patent covers Nanogen’s positioning of a chip’s components to deliver light by “integrated waveguides,” which allow a “smaller and more compact” device design and “improves” fluorescent detection, the company said.

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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.