In the British Journal of Cancer this week, researchers in the Netherlands report on the association between matrix metalloproteinases MMP-2 and MMP-9 in normal mucosa and outcome in colorectal cancer patients. The team analyzed MMP-2 and MMP-9 levels in normal colorectal mucosa from colorectal cancer patients and found that a high protein expression of either one in the normal mucosa was correlated with worse five-year survival.

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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.