US President Barack Obama is bringing a "stellar list of scientists" to work for the federal government, writes James Gentile, from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, in the Huffington Post. Francis Collins, he adds, is just the latest scientist to be confirmed. Gentile says that Collins is just the person to help build a new high-tech-based economy.

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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.