Sky-High Costs

By dividing pharmaceutical company's research and development budgets by the number of approved drugs over 15 years, Forbes' Matthew Herper and Scott DeCarlo came up with new estimates of drug development costs. "The range of money spent is stunning," Herper says at his blog.

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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.

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