Closing the Divide

Binghamton University's New Humanities Initiative intends to bring together the analytical tools of the humanities (delving into and comparing texts) and the sciences (statistics and experimentation) to close the cultural divide between the disciplines, writes Natalie Angier in the New York Times. The program, started by a biologist and an English professor, posits that a crossover approach to science will demystify it.

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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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