Houseflies are close human companions, New Scientist says. Cornell University entomologist Jeffrey Scott, who recently published on the housefly genome in Genome Biology, tells the New Scientist that flies seem to have spread out of Africa as people did.

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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.