Sometimes DNA just needs to be slowed down. When the concept of nanopore-based sequencing was developed, the idea was that an electrical field would apply a force to get the strands of DNA to pass through the small nanopore opening while that same electrical field would read the sequence off the strands. "The idea of the nanopore sequencing as originally proposed … is very enticing in its simplicity, that you read off the genetic sequence by measuring current or voltage," says Brown University physicist Xinsheng Sean Ling. "That's very appealing to physicists."

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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 Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

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.