Rush Holt, a former assistant director of Princeton's Plasma Physics Laboratory who now serves as a Democratic congressman for New Jersey, says that while scientists may remain a minority in Congress for the foreseeable future, there's no reason that scientific thinking shouldn't be more pervasive in governmental decision-making.

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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.