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Earlier this month the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine said it plans to privately sell $200 million in bonds in this and the following fiscal year in case it will be unable to access public capital.

The legislation would protect companies that either base their corporate headquarters in Georgia, employ over 200 workers in manufacturing or research and development in the state, or have their principal place of research and development in Georgia.

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.