The European Molecular Biology Laboratory last week announced that it had received €10 million from the European Commission to create a standard structure determination platform that unites over 20 European partners — including every synchrotron in Europe — under a single system. Scientists at the Hamburg branch of EMBL will direct the project, which officially launched on Jan. 1 and is called BIOXHIT — for Biocrystallography on a Highly Integrated Technology Platform.

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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.

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