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Many of the academic freedom bills filling the state legislatures in the US ask that the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution be taught. One state in particular, Texas, will have a broader impact on science education in the US since it is one of the biggest buyers of textbooks in the country and publishers don't like to make different versions for different states, according to the New York Times.

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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.