Researchers funded by the US National Science Foundation whose projects are under investigation by the chair of the House science committee tell the Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Baskin that it's a "witch hunt."

"It saddens me that elected officials are attacking science in this way," says University at Albany anthropologist Robert Rosenswig, who studies Mexican history with his NSF grant.

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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.