Studies published by two independent research teams this past week are extending the scope of sequencing-based analyses applied to cell-free tumor DNA circulating in cancer patients' blood.

Together, the proof-of-principle studies point to the circulating tumor DNA both as a source of information for cataloging the genes and pathways involved in treatment resistance or relapse and as a source of information on metastatic disease in a clinical setting.

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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.