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Opponents of science in the US are good at communicating their distrust, and getting others to follow their point of view, says New Scientist's Peter Aldhous, adding that it might be time for the scientific community to learn their tactics in "the battle for hearts and minds." President Obama's science advisor, John Holdren, is particularly clumsy at communicating science to the public, Aldhous adds, as he assumes that "mistrust of unwelcome scientifi

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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.