Protein Lounge may be the only bioinformatics company that got its start in the publishing business. Samik Singh, CEO of the San Diego-based provider of biomolecular databases and online software tools, does double duty as the publisher and editor of the monthly Biotech Journal, which launched in late 2000.

“After about two years we started making a good amount of profit, so I thought it might be a good idea to make a database,” Singh said. “There was really no particular reason to do it.”

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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.