This Week in Science

In Science's early online edition, Roland Riek from ETH Zürich led work that studied the role of functional amyloid proteins, more often associated with diseases like Alzheimer's. Scanning 42 peptide and protein hormones in vitro, they found that most could form amyloids. Subsequent biochemical analysis showed that peptide and protein hormones in secretory granules of the endocrine system are stored in an amyloid-like cross beta-sheet-rich conformation, they say in the abstract.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.