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Ion Torrent's latest Apple-style ad for its Personal Genome Machine touts PGM's sequencing chip, which allows the throughput to get bigger while the machine stays the same size — implying that Illumina's attempt to put its HiSeq technology into a small MiSeq is like trying to stuff a fat man into a pair of skinny jeans.

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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.