This week, Pacific Biosciences released a software tool for its single-molecule, real-time sequencer that detects DNA base modifications associated with epigenetic regulation and DNA damage during the sequencing process.

According to the company, the new analysis tool enables users to detect and visualize these modifications. It works by measuring the rate of DNA base incorporation during the sequencing process. Researchers can also use the tool to re-analyze existing data to detect methylation and other base modifications.

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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 Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

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.