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Researchers from University of Massachusetts Medical School and Genome Project Solutions present on the draft genome of the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, in Cell this week. Monarch butterflies migrate each fall from North America to central Mexico, and the researchers focus their analyses on gene families in the 273 Mb genome likely to be involved in seasonal migration.

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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.