NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture have injected $10 million into new research projects seeking to harness knowledge about plant genomes to make them better resources of bioenergy and biofuels, DOE said yesterday.

Awarded under the DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and USDA's Agricultural and Food Research Initiative, the eight grants are part of an Obama Administration initiative to accelerate the use of woody plant biomass as alternatives for fossil fuels.

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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.