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NEW YORK, March 26 –Applied Biosystems said last week that a drop in demand for its ABI Prism 3700 DNA Analyzers reflected genomics companies’ efforts to rein in spending while they ride out the economic downturn.

But conversations with a number of executives at development-stage genomics companies and consulting firms indicated that spending plans have not changed due to present market conditions.

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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.