The US Food and Drug Administration is beginning a pilot project that will bring the Illumina MiSeq system into state and federal regional microbiology laboratories to test whether the technology makes sense for tracking food-borne pathogens and outbreaks.

As part of the project, the FDA has awarded Illumina a five-year contract to supply the agency with instruments and reagents, as well as to provide training and support.

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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.