COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY (GenomeWeb) – Researchers have developed a new tool based on the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing approach to identify functional genetic differences between species, populations, and individuals.

Genome-wide association studies have generated lists of genetic loci associated with a number of traits and conditions, but it has been difficult for researchers to drill down to causal variants.

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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.