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Over at Gene Expression, Razib posts some data from an NSF study on science knowledge among different age groups and different regions around the world. In general, youngsters beat out people over 65. Two areas that showed the biggest discrepancy between young and old were continental drift and the amount of time it takes for the Earth to make its way around the sun.

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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.