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The microbiome and the virome made it to the editorial pages of the New York Times where the editors write that while "we think of ourselves as individuals" that "we are also a complex ecosystem, a habitat." The editorial was inspired by the recent Nature paper from Washington University's Jeffrey Gordon on fecal virome diversity.

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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.