Back in 1999, John Wilbanks was a Boston interface designer who would help his girlfriend with her lab work at a biotech startup. Maybe it was a desire to impress his future wife or perhaps the startup fever in the salty air — whatever the reason, Wilbanks began coding bioinformatics software and looking for funding.

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

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.