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In PNAS this week, scientists performed phylogenomic analysis of a dataset of 143 proteins and 48 taxa, including 19 excavates, to better distinguish between the known six suprakingdom-level groups of eukaryotes, specifically the group Excavata. Their findings say that Excavata is a monophyletic suprakingdom-level group that is one of the three primary divisions within eukaryotes, along with unikonts and a megagroup of Archaeplastida, Rhizaria, and the chromalveolate lineages.

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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.