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By adding a sensor to Escherichia coli, University of California, Berkeley's Jay Keasling and his colleagues improved the ability of the bacteria to make biofuel. As Technology Review notes, when biofuel precursors — fatty acids and ethanol — are out of proportion in the bacteria, production is not very efficient. The sensor reacts to fatty acid levels in the bacteria to balance them out.

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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.