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The US House of Representatives appropriations committee approved a $1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, bringing it in line with President Barack Obama's request of $32 billion for the agency for the 2011 fiscal year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. "Within limited resources, this year's bill puts the emphasis on translating basic research results into practical and available cures and treatments," says David Obey (D-WI), the committee chair.

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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.