As second-generation sequencing advanced in 2008, the technology took center stage in the field of bioinformatics as well. Labs buying into this high-throughput technology encountered a number of informatics challenges, including upgrading their storage and finding software to help organize and interpret the whirlwinds of data, and a number of academic and commercial efforts took steps to help meet this demand.

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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.