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The US government is letting the country's biomedical infrastructure crumble, writes Michael White at Pacific Standard.

From the late 1990s through the early 2000s, the budget for the US National Institutes of Health about doubled. But since then, White notes that success rates for NIH grants have dropped, as has the number of young investigators heading up labs.

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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.