In a recent interview with Brown University's Eli Adashi on Medscape One on One, National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus marked the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, which started the so-called "war on cancer." But Varmus says the metaphor is outdated and doesn't convey what cancer researchers and clinicians are doing today. Cancer is not a single disease, but rather is a "constellation of diseases," Varmus tells Adashi.

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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.