What does your spot on the list of authors for a paper mean? And how does that affect your standing in the scientific community? Blogger Coturnix points to a new proposal for author lists to be like a movie's credits. "Each person is listed, some people more than once, and each person's contribution is very well defined," he writes.

GTO wonders what the scientific equivalent to a movie's "best boy" would be.

 

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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.