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In May 2000, a month before researchers at the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics announced their completed draft sequences of the human genome, Gil Omenn published a hunch in the Annual Review of Public Health. On his mind was the idea that while sequencing the human genome would "surely stimulate a golden age for the public health sciences," as he wrote then, it would also generate a slew of ethical enigmas.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.