This Week in PLoS

Stanford University School of Medicine's Alessandra Chesi and her colleagues define the cellular function of Ypk9 — a non-essential yeast gene whose mutations in its human homolog, ATP13A2/PARK9, have been linked to genetic forms of early onset parkinsonism.

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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.