• Title: Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
  • Education: PhD, University of California, Los  Angeles, 1999
  • Recommended by: Laurence Kedes

Hooman Allayee is one geneticist looking to find the big connections between complex pathologies such as cardio-vascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. “We are trying to find the genes that cause these diseases,” says Allayee. “They are related because diabetics have an increased risked of heart disease, and with obesity, there is an increased risk of diabetes, and so on.”

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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.