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Sandra Porter's got a good post on the digital divide. She attended an education conference that discussed how tools like Second Life can be used for teaching, though she says that virtual reality programs aren't what's missing in education, it's learning that a computer is more than a typewriter with access to Google.

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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.