Last Monday, IBM invited around 15 of its “optimized” business partners in the life science and healthcare markets to its New York offices for a two-hour roundtable discussion.

One goal of the gathering, according to Carol Kovac, general manager of IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences Solutions, was “to help us understand what we can do better.”

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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.