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Researchers have created two novel artificial DNA base pairs, reports this New Scientist article. Using large-scale drug discovery techniques, they screened 3,600 candidates and found a pair of molecules, dSICS and dMMO2, that were treated normally and replicated by natural polymerases.

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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.