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At the Bio-IT World conference in Boston this week, the Bioinformatics Organization presented Alex Bateman with the annual Benjamin Franklin Award for activities involving open access in the life sciences.

Bateman, a bioinformatics researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, developed the Pfam and Rfam databases to help classify the world of proteins and RNA, respectively. Pfam, launched in 1997, contains 12,000 families grouping the approximately 15 million proteins now known. Rfam kicked off in 2003.

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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.