The 17th edition of the Top 500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was released last week at the International Supercomputer Conference in Heidelberg, Germany.

The list, compiled by Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, ranks computers based on the Linpack benchmark, which reflects the performance of a dedicated system for solving a dense system of linear equations.

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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.