Don’t look now, but there is a campaign of persecution against academic scientists who—horror of horrors—either receive government support or work as consultants for private companies that reward them with direct remuneration, patents, employment, or other financial interests.  

This campaign emanates from those who believe that financial incentives generally corrupt scientific research rather than sustain and encourage it. The viewpoint stems from the romantic conception that those involved in research should be doing it for the sake of knowledge, not monetary gain.

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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.