All Sequester's Eve

The showdown in Washington, DC, over the sequester is unlikely to be resolved before the March 1 deadline, Politico reports, predicting that bills aimed at preventing the across-the-board cuts are merely "political cover" and will fail to receive the required number of votes to pass the US Senate.

Funding agencies and research institutes across the US are already planning for dealing with funding cuts.

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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.