Excitement and Risk

The allure of the CRISPR gene-editing approach is that it is relatively easy to perform. But that also means, New Scientist notes, people can tinker with it from the comfort of their own homes, raising regulatory concerns.

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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.