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Genomics is just the beginning of a new wave of cancer research, said a panel at the World Science Festival held in New York City in June. The Cancer Genome Atlas has moved past its pilot phase and into full gear to sequence a few thousand samples of various types of cancer, all to better understand how cancer arises. "It's still way below what we ought to do," said the Broad Institute's Eric Lander, "but why not knock it off in the next five years?"

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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.