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While the competing Research Works Act and Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 are not expected to move forward in the US Congress this year, a report from the Office of Science and Technology Policy discussing how to distribute federally financed scientific research is anticipated, reports The New York Times.

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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.