A potential goldmine of cancer-related pharmacogenomic data may be on the horizon as the US National Cancer Institute and the US National Human Genome Research Institute this week kicked off a pilot effort to determine the feasibility of mapping the genomic changes involved in all types of human cancer — a project that NCI and NHGRI have dubbed the Cancer Genome Atlas.

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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.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

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