New England Biolabs has released a new DNA polymerase that it claims provides the highest fidelity amplification currently available while offering robust amplification across the broadest range of amplicons, including those that are GC- and AT-rich.

According to company officials, the new polymerase, called Q5, is expected to help address the growing concern of amplification bias in next-generation sequencing library amplification.

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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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