Papers focusing solely on mitochondrial genome sequences, especially those of metazoans, are bogging down journals, editors, and reviewers, writes David Roy Smith from the University of Western Ontario in an editorial appearing at The Scientist.

"These days, the mitochondrial genome review requests are arriving faster than I can turn them out," he says.

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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.