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Tech Review highlights a test from Adnavance that can detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus without culturing the bacteria or amplifying the DNA. Instead, the Adnavance test is built on top of a gold electrode that is covered with a proprietary marker. The marker binds MRSA and when a current flows through the gold electrode, it attracts the DNA. CEO Randy White says they plan to launch the test in 2011 at a price of about $60.

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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.