SAN DIEGO, Calif.--Xyris, the Axys Pharmaceuticals affiliate established earlier this year to apply the pharmaceutical company's proprietary bioinformatics and research technologies to the agriculture industry, has named Leo Kim as chief technical officer. Kim joined Xyris from Mycogen, where he had been responsible for worldwide research since 1986. In his new position he will oversee Xyris's research efforts. Prior to joining Mycogen, Kim was the highest ranking biotechnology scientist at Shell Development.

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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.

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