NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen plans to sequence the genomes of three animals that live in extreme weather environments and which could be in peril, including polar bears, emperor penguins, and the Tibetan antelope.

BGI-Shenzhen said on Friday that it will conduct next-generation whole genome sequencing studies and genomic analysis of these animals, including identification of gene function and determination of the genomic basis of their ability to adapt to extreme environments.

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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.