Over in Medical Laboratory Observer, iCubate's John Brunstein chronicles his quest to set up a $500 molecular biology lab — reagents, consumables, and shipping costs not included. As part of the challenge he set for himself, Brunstein sought to source tools and equipment that required few to no modifications, such that a non-expert could use them out of the box.

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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.