In a new study in Nature Biotechnology, Harvard University researchers describe how they've bioengineered an artificial jellyfish using heart cells from a rat, reports Ed Yong at Nature News. The result — a synthetic creature called a medusoid — is morphologically a jellyfish and genetically a rat.
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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.