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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb Daily News) – The US Patent and Trademark Office said yesterday that Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director David Kappos has signed a final rule rescinding highly controversial regulations that were enacted by the USPTO under the Bush administration and were viewed by many in the biotech industry as hindering their ability to protect IP.

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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.