The Promise of CRISPR

Genetic engineering used to be rather clunky, the New Scientist says, but recent advances in genome editing using the CRISPR-Cas9 system are speeding things up. Instead of relying on artificial proteins, the CRISPR-Cas9 system is RNA-based.

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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.