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Distributed computing — breaking down large computational problems into smaller pieces and distributing them across several computers — is "all the rage," says KFC at the arXiv blog. Specifically, machines connected by a network and passing large messages back and forth — a so-called "message passing model" — is how much of the distributed computing that takes place on the Internet happens, KFC says.

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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.