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Some 280 million cases of giardiasis occur in the world each year and its infectivity is due to its "genomic wardrobe," according to this New York Times story. Biologists led by Hugo Luján at the Catholic University of Córdoba in Argentina have discovered that the parasite uses RNAi to silence expression of all but one of its 190 coat proteins to confer resistance to immunity.

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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.