BOSTON, Oct. 21 - As traditional robotics approaches the limits of its usefulness in drug discovery, biotech and pharma companies, beset by shrunken pipelines and pressed for time, have set their sites on a new breed of lab automation.

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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.