A Christmas day post on Slashdot has sparked a lively debate with comments growing ever longer and more boisterous. At issue: an editorial from Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz, an economist who rails against the concept of drug patents in the British Medical Journal. The anonymous author of the post claims that "in medicine, patents cost lives."

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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.