Proteros fragments, founded last summer to differentiate itself from its parent company's protein-crystallography business, this week announced its first deal, an agreement with Axikin Pharmaceuticals to discover lead compounds for inflammatory diseases.

Under the terms of the agreement, Proteros fragments, based in Martinsried, Germany, will "provide multidisciplinary research teams with the aim of generating multiple advanced lead series inhibiting a novel proprietary target protein," the two firms said in a joint statement.

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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.