Nearly halfway to meeting its goal of enrolling 10,000 people for its study looking at the impact of genomic-risk information on people's lives, the Coriell Institute updated researchers and industry representatives on the initiative at a conference on consumer genetics in Boston last week.

According to Erynn Gordon, senior genetic counselor at Coriell Institute, the personalized medicine project has so far enrolled 4,000 participants, and at this rate is hoping to meet its goal of 10,000 participants by 2010.

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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.