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In this story, the Wall Street Journal poses (and attempts to answer) this question: Which genetic tests are worth taking? The article notes that while "critics argue that many tests can't accurately identify which people are at risk for various illnesses," proponents say that well-established tests allow patients to take action for particular susceptibilities.

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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.