Its software has been a technical computing staple for nearly 20 years, and it boasts a number of biotech and pharmaceutical companies among its customers, but The MathWorks — known primarily for its Matlab numerical programming environment — only recently began adjusting its products to meet the needs of biology researchers. With the mid-November launch of its Bioinformatics Toolbox, however, The MathWorks jumped into the bioinformatics software market with both feet.

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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.