A new technique for animal classification could quell the long-running debate between paleontologists and molecular biologists as to where turtles belong on the evolutionary tree. While some camps have argued that turtles are closer to crocodilians and birds, researchers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine; Dartmouth College; and Harvard University have published data in Biology Letters suggesting that turtles are more closely related to tuataras and lizards.

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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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