Researchers are working to harness the potential of RNA interference for a wide variety of applications, ranging from simple target validation to combating bioterror. Now, with a grant from the National Center for Research Resources, Brown Medical School assistant professor Bharat Ramratnam — who has been researching the use of RNAi to fight HIV-1 for some time — is adding to this list the use of the technology to understand the genetic basis of stem cell differentiation.

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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.