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Scientists at the Danish company Danisco, in collaboration with Université Laval in Québec, found a defense mechanism that bacteria use to fend off phages. Bacteria put their CRISPR and related spacer sequences to work in a way that resembles how RNAi operates in higher organisms.

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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.