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Geneviève Fioraso has been appointed the new minister of higher education and research of France in the wake of the recent elections there, reports the Nature News Blog. Fioraso is the deputy mayor of Grenoble and is the Socialist representative of Isère in the National Assembly.

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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.