Deepak Singh has a post at bbgm alerting readers that open source tool Ruby on Rails and Merb will be merging. "Ruby and Ruby web frameworks are likely to be an increasingly visible part of the scientific software world in the coming years," Deepak writes.

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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.