Some 11 percent of the cell culture-based projects housed in the NCBI Sequence Read Archive appear to be contaminated with mycoplasma, Anthony Olarerin-George and John Hogenesch from the University of Pennsylvania report.

Mycoplasma is often introduced accidentally into cell cultures by lab workers, and it cannot be killed by the antibiotics typically used to treat such cultures.

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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.