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Mike Mandel, from the Mandel on Innovation and Growth blog, says the most "significant economic event of the past decade" is the "failure of the Human Genome Project to deliver medically significant results." Ballooning healthcare spending, low job growth and a big trade deficit are strangling the US economy, he says, and "the Human Genome Project had … the potential to be a powerful antidote to all three of these problems." But Mandel says there's reason to be optimistic.

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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.