NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The US federal government in 2006 spent $18.3 billion on the academic life sciences through federally financed R&D expenditures, with the majority, $15.2 billion, coming from the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a recent report from the National Science Foundation.

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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.