UCSF researchers published work in PNAS this week showing findings that miRNAs can, in some cases, induce gene expression. In their study they identified miR-373 target sites in the promoter regions of both E-cadherin and cold-shock domain-containing protein C2 (CSDC2) genes. Transfecting miR-373 into PC-3 cells induced gene expression at both sites, revealing a surprising new way that miRNAs can regulate expression.

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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.

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