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Business Week found a couple of people to debate whether health insurance companies should have to reimburse patients for genetic tests. Philip Reilly from Interleukin Genetics says they should, arguing that patients have a right to know whether they're at risk for various diseases. "Living to your fullest means pursuing a healthful life style, which you can do, and managing your genetic risks, which you can do only if you have been tested," he writes.

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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.

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