Genome-wide association studies have recently been given a shot in the arm thanks to a free online toolkit courtesy of the National Human Genome Research Institute. A product of NHGRI's three-year Consensus Measures for Phenotypes and eXposures, the PhenK toolkit aims to provide researchers with a grouping of standard measurements for physical characteristics and environmental exposures of research subjects. The impetus for the project arose from a desire to enable researchers to analyze results across a range of research studies.

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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.