Look at the Numbers

Researchers need to examine data on gender and racial diversity in the sciences just as they would any other dataset, writes Pennsylvania State University's Kathleen Grogan at Nature Ecology & Evolution.

"This same data-driven approach that guides our research should be applied to maximize the innovation and productivity of our scientific and academic community," she says. "What data we have are stark."

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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.