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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The International Cowpea Consortium and Illumina have developed a new SNP genotyping array for cowpea that the partners hope will aid in improving crop yield, particularly in West Africa, where the protein-rich legume is a dietary staple.

According to Timothy Close, a geneticist at the University of California at Riverside, the new 60,000-assay iSelect array provides a 40-fold increase in marker density compared to an older, 1,536-assay GoldenGate panel that Illumina manufactured in 2008.

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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.