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Perfect Your Pitch

You have 30 seconds to describe your research in sufficient detail: ready, set, go! (Be thankful you're allowed to use more than just seven words.) Jared Snider at Bitesize Bio says that because "developing the skills to explain your science is critical for success as a scientist," researchers ought to perfect their so-called elevator pitches for non-scientist friends and families.

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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.