By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting genomics and biomarker research through its Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative aimed at pursuing its core missions of improving human health and development around the world.

Under one new program, the foundation plans to award up to $9 million to support new research to discover biomarkers in the human gut that may be used in managing infant health.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.