Chembio Diagnostics this week said it has received a three-year $2.9 million Small Business Innovative Research Phase II grant from the National Institutes of Health to further develop its protein-based point-of-care tuberculosis test.

The grant, which began March 1, follows on Phase I work in which the company, in collaboration with the Infectious Disease Research Institute, developed a prototype of the test using its Dual Path Platform chromatographic immunoassay technology.

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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.