Rosetta Genomics said this week that it has received notice that the US Patent and Trademark Office will allow claims in a patent application related to microRNA-378 as a specific miRNA sequence, as well as sequence variants.

“The allowed claims are directed to novel technologies that can be used for detecting and profiling microRNAs, and have application in the use of microRNA-378 as diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutics targets,” the company said, noting that the miRNA is a key part of its MiRview Mets line of cancer diagnostics.

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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.