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We're aflutter with politics today. First, people are flocking to ScienceDebate2008, a group attempting to get clear stances from political candidates about their scientific views. Barack Obama stepped up and answered the group's 14 questions (John McCain has said he will answer them too).

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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.