A multi-institute team of Spanish and German researchers has developed functionalized gold nanoparticles capable of delivering siRNAs specifically into cancer cells in vivo.

To date, a number of groups have used such nanoparticles as efficient, non-toxic carriers for siRNAs, yet the majority of these have only been tested in cell cultures against reporter genes, the investigators wrote in Biomaterials.

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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.