Rosetta Green, the agbio subsidiary of Rosetta Genomics, said this week that it has received a three-year grant totaling $431,800 to develop enhanced non-food crops for biofuel production.

The grant was awarded by the Canada-Israel Industrial Research & Development Foundation, Rosetta Green said.

The company said it would coordinate with Canada's Agrisoma Biosciences to develop canola with improved traits such as increased oil content. Rosetta Green will specifically identify microRNAs that could “support” these improved traits, it said.

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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.