Agilent Technologies received US Patent No. 6,740,871, “Scanning system with calibrated detection and method.” The patent covers a self-calibrating scanning system for analyzing biomolecules on a microarray. The system comprises an excitation light source — with a highly reproducible or calibrated light based on a pre-selected or reference light level — an optical portion, a detection portion, and a calibration portion that includes a calibration apparatus and a compensation portion. The calibration apparatus emits light that is measured.

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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.