Taking its first step in the burgeoning animal traceability market, Orchid Biosciences this week said it will help one of Canada’s largest pork distributors genotype its sows.

For Toronto-based Maple Leaf Foods, the agreement will enable it to prove the origin of its pork to its most finicky customers, and lay the groundwork for a system that might one day help its farmers fine-tune their breeding and keep tabs on porcine diseases.

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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.