A postdoc is supposed to be a defined period of time in which a new researcher receives advanced training, writes Julie Gould at the Nature Jobs blog. It's usually, she adds, a three-year contract and in that time, the postdoc works in the principle investigator's lab to conduct research, while honing their skills and learning how to be an independent researcher.

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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.