NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BGI confirmed this week that it has filed for an IPO on the ChiNext exchange, and is seeking to raise $250 million through the issuance of 40 million new shares. According to a Chinese media report, BGI recorded revenues of approximately $250 million and operating profit of about $55 million in 2016.

Agilent Technologies announced this week that its board has approved a quarterly dividend of $.13 per share of common stock to be paid on April 26 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 4.

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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.