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Over at his blog, Tom Tritton revisits a paper published in Science in July that examined whether boys are better at math than girls, finding that the groups are equally capable. "Smaller studies from the 1970s and 1980s seemed to suggest somewhat inferior math performance of females, especially in high school. The new data, though, find no such difference," he writes at Periodic Table.

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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.