IBM said this week that it is providing free computational power for researchers at the University of Antioquia's Tropical Disease Study and Control program who aim to discover treatments for leishmaniasis — a parasitic disease that’s spread by sandflies.

The researchers will use IBM's World Community Grid to computationally test potential treatments to control the disease by exploring drugs currently used to treat similar diseases.

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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.