Shining the Light

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With about 3 billion bases, the human genome is a vast territory to comb through to look for a handful of genetic variants. Instead of looking at the whole sequence, many researchers are turning to targeted sequencing methods that allow them to only look at that portion of the genome they are interested in or to just study the exome. Importantly, this more selective approach saves money by cutting down on next-generation sequencing costs.

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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.