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A ceremony was held at Harvard to hand out the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, says this AP article. The award is given by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for "oddball but often surprisingly practical scientific achievements," some of which included that Coke acts as a spermicide, foods that sound better taste better, and exotic dancers make more money when they are at peak fertility. A full list of winners is listed in the story.

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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.