Researchers at the University of Central Florida have devised a new software solution for studying the structural characteristics of RNA. Shaojie Zhang and his team designed a computational framework called RNAMotifScan-based Clustering, or RNAMSC, that clusters together potential motifs based on their structural similarities. This framework is based on RNAMotif-Scan, an RNA-structural-motif-identification software tool Zhang's team had previously developed. RNAMSC quickly scans RNA samples and identifies motifs in RNA's 3D, accordion-like structure.

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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.