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Insurance companies and drugmakers are wrestling with the high cost of making and administering biologic drugs, says Avery Johnson on the Wall Street Journal's Health blog. These drugs can cost as much as $1.5 million a year, and patients and prescription plan payers are having a hard time affording them. On the other hand, Johnson adds, some of these drugs have "dramatic" results, sending sometimes-fatal diseases into remission.

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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.