The National Institutes of Health last month awarded one-year grants to Calando Pharmaceuticals and SomaGenics to support development of improved delivery methods for RNAi molecules.

Calando Pharmaceuticals' grant, issued by the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is worth $100,000 and will fund research into a novel, systemic delivery system for modified siRNA duplexes.

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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.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.