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Jason Bobe links to a video posted by Tech Review in which Helicos Biosciences' Stanley Lapidus explains why he is involved in George Church's Personal Genome Project and why he's not too worried about his genome becoming public. "I joined it not so much because I am intensely curious about my genome. I am about 60 years old and with maybe one-third or one-quarter left of my life to live.

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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.