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A new study in PNAS on rhesus macaques shows that a change in their social status leads to epigenetic changes that affect their health, reports Nature News' Zoë Corbyn. A Duke University team studied 49 captive female rhesus macaques all originally with a medium social rank, and then divided them into groups where their ranks changed.

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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.