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Vita Genomics would probably be a different company today if Craig Venter weren’t such a busy guy.

Ellson Chen, Vita’s president and CEO, was a principal scientist at Celera when he brought the idea of starting an Asian genomics-based company to his boss. “Then Craig got busy with his whole-genome shotgun,” Chen says.

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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.