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When Jonas Salk was asked who owned the patent on his polio vaccine in 1955, he replied that such a cure could no more be patented than the sun could be, says LiveScience's Natalie Wolchover. Three years ago, University of Alberta cancer researcher Evangelos Michelakis discovered that a common, nontoxic chemical called dichloroacetate, or DCA, inhibited the growth of cancerous tumors in mice.

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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.