Two scientists in this Economist article have different visions of artificial life. David Harel from Israel's Weizmann Institute wants to create a computer model of C. elegans, saying that scientists will only fully understand what goes on during development when an artificial model exactly follows the processes in the live model.

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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.