Through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, said they plan to donate $3 billion over the next decade to be invested in basic science research, with the aim of finding cures for various diseases.

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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.