While adenosine deaminases acting on RNA are known to be involved in the RNA editing that converts adenosine residues into inosine in double-stranded RNA, new research from the Wistar Institute shows that one member of this family of enzymes plays a key role in microRNA processing and RNA-induced gene silencing.

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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.