Over at A Vote for Science, Michael Stebbins blogs about Francis Collins' endorsement of Barack Obama. While that's not much of a surprise, Stebbins says the op-ed piece Collins wrote is "perhaps the most reasoned and dignified explanation of a political endorsement that I have ever read." The newspaper hasn't made the column available online, but Stebbins links to a scanned copy if you'd like to read 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.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.