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German researchers are working on scaling down the size of the magnets needed to NMR machines, reports Technology Review. RWTH Aachen University's Federico Casanova and his colleagues have made a magnet that "is about the size of a standard D battery and weighs 500 grams," according to Tech Review.

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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.