BioRuby, a project led by a team at Kyoto University, marks Japan’s first entry into the open source bioinformatics community.

Initiated as a means of supporting the KEGG (Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes) molecular interaction database, the project is now gaining support from a number of Japanese bioinformaticists who find BioRuby easier to work with than BioPerl or BioPython, according to Katayama Toshiaki, a BioRuby developer.

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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.