Clinical researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will use Roche and Caliper Life Sciences' combined automated target enrichment platform for a new 3,000-sample exome sequencing study, the partners said this week.

Under the agreement, the Genetic Laboratory of the Department of Internal Medicine at EUMC will use the combined Roche-Caliper offering as part of a new phase of the Rotterdam Study, a large, prospective human epidemiological cohort to characterize and analyze age-related disorders and their risk factors.

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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.

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