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Transcription factor KLF14 can work as a master trans regulator of adipose gene expression, says a report in Nature Genetics from a number of consortiums. For this study, the researchers looked at more than 20,000 genes in subcutaneous fat biopsies obtained from 800 female twins from the UK, and found an association between KLF14 and the expression levels of other distantly located genes. The findings were then confirmed in an Icelandic population.

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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.