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It has been quiet around Phalanx Biotech Group since the Taiwanese company in June announced its introductory offer of a $100 whole-genome human array.

The company’s stated goal is to make commercial microarrays affordable for researchers worldwide by offering them at a price between $100 and $200, much less than the average price of $500-$600 for other whole-genome arrays. And industry observers are guessing whether the firm’s entry into the market will touch off a price war.

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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.