NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration today announced a proposal to establish procedures and criteria for the de novo classification of medical devices, including in vitro diagnostics. 

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that the agency's goal is to make the pathway "significantly more efficient and transparent by clarifying the requirements for submission and our processes for review."

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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.