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Oscillator's Christina Agapakis blogs about projects, like DIYbio, "that aim to 'democratize' scientific research." While she acknowledges that DIYbio has spurred growth in scientific participation and "unparalleled" enthusiasm, she asks, "Who is benefitting from the push for DIYbio?...

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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.