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Researchers from Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute and the Medical College of Georgia will study whether the risk of lung cancer is amplified by the stress response touched off by damage to DNA from exposure to HZE particles.

The first closing comprises a $7.5 million investment from the state — about $2.5 million less than originally planned — and $11.25 million from private investors. The fund will invest in companies with technologies developed at the six GRA member academic institutions.

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DNAPrint, Laboratory Corporation of America, Duke University, Lab21, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and more …

The $10 million in funding will continue a study that is following children over the course of 15 years to understand the genetic and environmental basis of the disease.

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.