NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has developed a tool that it says can facilitate the rapid evolution of biotechnologically useful phenotypes in cells.

As they wrote today in Nature, they created a system called EvolvR that can continuously diversify all nucleotides within a tunable window at user-defined loci by generating mutations using engineered DNA polymerases targeted via CRISPR-guided nickases.

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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.