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Sequenom faces class action lawsuits on behalf of shareholders after the firm announced that it will delay the launch of a test for Down syndrome on discovering that employees had mishandled R&D test data and results. Sequenom CEO Harry Stylli said four employees had been suspended and that the company put a new team in place to oversee studies of its prenatal diagnostics.

John Rossi, co-founder of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, won the 2008 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' Editorial Board for work using microRNAs for gene silencing.

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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.