Joining the race to produce a molecular diagnostic related to Alzheimer's disease, DiaGenic has teamed up with Applied Biosystems to confirm a set of blood-based biomarkers it plans to use in a test for early detection of the disease.

The Norwegian company has added itself to the list of contenders for a fairly large market. The molecular diagnostics companies already angling for an Alzheimer's diagnostic of their own include Ciphergen, Genaissance, and Celera Diagnostics, but it's difficult to tell who is closest to the finish line.

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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.