NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Swedish research team has secured a SEK75 million ($10.5 million) grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to sequence and characterize the Norway spruce genome.

The team — which includes researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Umeå University's Umeå Plant Science Center, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Karolinska Institute — hopes the spruce genome project will lead to a clearer understanding of conifer genes and their function.

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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.