By Tony Fong

Agilent Technologies today reported a 9 percent slide in its Bio-Analytical Measurement segment amid a 21 percent drop in overall revenues for its fiscal fourth quarter, to close out "an extraordinarily difficult year," according to the firm's president and chief executive.

The company also said that its planned $1.5 billion acquisition of Varian is now expected to close in early 2010 instead of the end of 2009 as previously planned.

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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.