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Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed reports that in response to "criticism it received in the internal peer review of its forthcoming doctoral program rankings," the National Research Council intends to change its methodologies "in a few key places." Namely, the proposed changes "are likely to divide the main ranking of each program into two separate rankings — one based on explicit faculty determinations of which criteria matter in given disciplines, and one based on implicit criteria," Jaschik reports.

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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.