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Seven years ago, NIH, FDA, researchers from industry, academia, and some nonprofit groups got together to find biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease. Now, the New York Times' Gina Kolata says the collaboration has resulted in several papers on early diagnosis of Alzheimer's using PET scans and spinal fluid tests, and more than 100 drug studies in progress. The key to the project, Kolata says, is the data sharing aspect.

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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.