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In reference to a recent New York Times piece — "We Have Met the Enemy and He is PowerPoint" — blogger Biochem Belle at There and (Hopefully) Back Again muses whether PowerPoint "interfere[s] with the discussion of science." Drawing from the Times article, the blogger asks readers whether slide presentations disrupt discussions by employing a strictly linear format.

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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.