By Justin Petrone

Royal Philips Electronics and bioMérieux plan to jointly develop fully automated handheld diagnostic biochips for hospital use that can be deployed at the point of care. The firms are aiming for eventual adoption of their chips in critical care settings within hospitals.

The deal is the latest for Philips, which is increasingly looking for partners to bring applications to market on its internally developed biosensor and microarray platforms.

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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.