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Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future wonders if genetic testing will bring about the demise of private insurance companies, particularly in countries with public healthcare systems. The thinking goes that if people do not have to share genetic testing information with private insurers (as is the case in the UK until 2014), people who think they will fall ill will buy private insurance and the healthy others will rely on the public system.

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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.