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Is it smart to use third-party services? asks Cameron Neylon at Science in the Open. In response to a comment to one of his blog posts, he tackles that question in a fresh post. Two sides to the question are whether that outside service provider is more or less reliable than your own hard drive, and whether that reliability will be offered over the long term. Neylon suggests a blend, or rather, trust no one.

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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.