NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international research team has garnered evidence that bits of non-retroviral RNA viral elements have made their way into mammalian genomes.

A Japanese and American research team searched through mammalian and other sequence databases for sequences resembling the non-retroviral RNA bornaviruses. Indeed, their search turned up endogenous Borna-like N elements, which they dubbed EBLN elements, in the human genome and genomes of other animals including non-human primates, rodents, and the elephant.

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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.