As the US government continues to rapidly expand its efforts to prepare for bioterrorist attacks, companies and researchers in the proteomics sector are in a prime position to rake in cash.

In the past year, US Congress has increased its budget for biodefense research by $1.5 billion. In response, the NIH and other governmental organizations have begun funding a slew of expensive and ambitious projects across the country aimed at developing the ability to rapidly diagnose and treat diseases such as anthrax, smallpox, and even ebola.

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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.