Agilent Technologies had a busy week, completing its acquisition of informatics company Scientific Software for an undisclosed sum and inking a new pact with Caliper Life Sciences for the development of clinical diagnostic applications for certain instrument platforms.

The acquisition of Scientific Software would give Agilent one of the largest installed bases of chromatographic data systems — SSI has more than 120,000 installations — and a broad portfolio of laboratory informatics software in the life science and chemical industries.

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The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.