Adaptive Complexity's Michael White thinks that the presidential candidates need to think about appointing a chief science adviser as soon as possible, according to a report from the National Academies. In order to have the best advice possible handy, the next administration needs to hit the ground running, he says.

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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.