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In the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the National Cancer Institute say breast cancer risk assessment models don't perform any better when they include common inherited genetic variants linked to the disease. The study's senior investigator, Sholom Wacholder, says the improvement in the risk models wasn't enough to matter to a majority of women. Wacholder and his team combined data from five studies, altogether including 5,590 breast cancer patients and 5,998 healthy women.

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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.