Lucy Shapiro has been awarded the National Medal of Science. Shapiro is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig professor of cancer research and director of the Beckman Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. She was a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline from 2001 to 2006 and is on the board of Gen-Probe and Pacific Biosciences. She is also a cofounder of Anacor Pharmaceuticals.

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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.