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While the America Competes Act passed by Congress should increase science funding in the US, Wired Science notes that just how much money will be appropriated for that bill will be decided in early 2011. "House Republicans have made the National Science Foundation a symbol of wasteful spending, so America Competes may still lose," writes Wired's Brandon Keim.

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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.