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In Nature Genetics, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that two distinct diseases, Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) and Meckel-Gruber syndrome (MKS), actually have the same genetic causes. Using sequencing and zebrafish knockouts, they found that the two diseases are a "continuum of one disease," says lead author, Nicholas Katsanis. "This never would have been discovered in the clinic -- only molecular analysis can reveal these things."

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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.

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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.