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Genome sequencing "newcomer" Ion Torrent is the first contestant to qualify for the $10 million Genomics X Prize since the rules were revised last October, says ScienceInsider's Elizabeth Pennisi.

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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.