NEW YORK, April 1 (GenomeWeb News) - Following the successful sequencing of the common laboratory rat, New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority has contracted with a team of scientists at Rockefeller University to study sequence variations in the genome of a common subspecies, the city's subway rat Rattus norvegicus indestructibus.

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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.