Officials in Cambridge, Mass., last week began reviewing a request by real estate developer Beal Companies to rezone land north of its One Kendall Square mixed-use complex into a separate project that would feature more laboratory and other commercial uses, and less residential space, than the city currently allows.

The proposal seeks to enable Beal "to target both" smaller and larger potential users for the lab space, Peter Spellios, senior vice president and general counsel for the company, told BioRegion News last week.

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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.