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Schott of Mainz, Germany, has received US Patent No. 7,566,672, "Glass composition exclusively consisting of oxides which already at low temperatures form volatile fluorides by reaction with fluorine and its use." The claimed glass is advantageous for microstructuring, especially reactive ion etching with fluorine and fluorine compounds, and has a glass composition based on oxide content, according to the patent.

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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.