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The HeLa Genome Access Working Group has approved four access requests for use of the HeLa genome, the Nature News blog reports.

The working group, which consists of scientists, physicians, bioethicists, and members of the Lacks family, was created in August to allow researchers to use HeLa genomic data while taking the concerns of Henrietta Lacks' family into consideration.

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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.