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Guardian reporter James Randerson has a blog post about a new petition to make Darwin's birthday an official holiday in the UK. "If Darwin is your man," he writes, "then tell Gordon Brown by signing this petition on the Number 10 website." The effort was launched by Ian Roberts of the Watford Area Humanists.

 

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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.