This Week in Science

In Science this week, a team of US and European researchers publishes data showing that microRNAs can act to reduce the variability of protein expression in their target genes, suggesting that the small, non-coding RNAs can enable more precise cellular control of gene expression.

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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.