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MWG Biotech is in discussions with several potential buyers for its Genomic Diagnosis and Genomic Technology units and still expects to complete a sale by the end of the year, MWG CEO Wolfgang Pieken told BioArray News this week.

“The interest in both of those businesses exceeded our expectations,” Pieken said. But he declined to name any of the firms that MWG is negotiating with for the businesses.

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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.

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