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Researchers from The Netherlands' Behavioral Science Institute report that people with the seven-repeat allele version of dopamine D4 receptor gene were more likely to mimic the drinking habits of others, reports LiveScience. DRD4 "has previously been associated with novelty-seeking behavior and dependence on feel-good rewards," the article adds.

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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.