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Cornell and Stanford are continuing their competition to see which institution will win land being offered for free by New York City, reports The New York Times. Along with the free land — either on Roosevelt Island, Governors Island, or the Brooklyn Navy Yard — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering incentives worth up to half a billion dollars to create a school of applied science that will lead a surge of business to the city.

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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.