With the mutation of the alpha-synuclein gene having been identified as a key contributor to the development of familial Parkinson's disease, a number of researchers see the disorder as an ideal one for RNAi intervention.

Among these is a group at Northwestern University, which thinks it may have developed an effective RNAi-based treatment for the disease and hopes that forthcoming in vivo data may lead to a collaboration with industry and ultimately human trials.

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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.