This Week in PNAS

In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration report on findings from a microbiome study centered on atmospheric samples collected between one and 10 kilometers above the ocean and land as part of NASA's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes campaign.

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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.