NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Research by two independent groups reporting in Cell this week has revealed a new brain disorder that can be traced back to mutations in the RNA kinase coding gene CLP1.

The condition resembles a set of brain disorders known as pontocerebellar hypoplasias, which also stem from RNA-related problems that lead to progressive brain degeneration during infancy. But the new studies mark the first time that CLP1 has been implicated in such a syndrome.

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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.