Celera Genomics’ bioinformatics subsidiary Paracel quietly threw in the towel last week, posting a notice on its website that it had ceased operations — except for ongoing support for its current customers — as of Sept. 28.

The closure brought an end to several years of uncertainty about the business unit’s role within Celera after the genomics giant reinvented itself as a drug discovery shop in mid-2002.

“The decision to close Paracel was made following an analysis of various alternatives for the business,” Celera noted in a statement on its website.

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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.