President Barack Obama signed a memorandum yesterday that established a White House taskforce to tackle cancer, the New York Times reports.

The taskforce will be led by Vice President Joe Biden and will include members from about a dozen government agencies, the Times says, noting that its first meeting is to be Monday.

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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.