The California Healthcare Institute is pleading with Congress to spare the National Institutes of Health from an estimated $2.5 billion cut that would occur if sequestration takes effect, saying such a reduction in funding could compromise scientific innovation.

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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.