Mirna Therapeutics this week announced that it has closed a Series C round of financing, raising $34.5 million in what is the microRNA therapeutics field's biggest single round of private investment.

According to Mirna's top official, the cash infusion will give the firm resources enough to advance its lead drug candidate, the liver cancer treatment MRX34, through phase II testing — a key inflection point as these trials are expected to yield solid proof-of-concept data.

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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.