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Wired has an article warning scientists that proposed rules for government funding of embryonic stem cell research from the Obama administration could make "hundreds of existing cell lines ... ineligible, even those that qualified under President Bush." The story says the guidelines, which are in draft form now, were written by NIH and are expected to be finalized in July.

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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.