If we can ignore the sorry state of public companies for a moment, let’s talk about the more encouraging news about private companies’ fundraising records in 2002. A review by Genome Technology’s online sister publication GenomeWeb.com found that pure-play genomic tool and technology companies reported raising about $102.7 million in private-equity cash since January, down only slightly from the $115 million that similar companies reported pocketing during the same eight-month period last year.

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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.