In work appearing in August in Nature Biotechnology, a group of researchers developed a novel, highly sensitive technique to detect methylated DNA. Because methylation signatures change in cancer, they hope it will be useful for early detection of colon and other tumors. A simple, inexpensive, noninvasive test that could be used instead of a colonoscopy — this test isn't fail-proof — is key to saving lives.

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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.