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The new cabinet of Australia's new prime minister will include fewer posts, and one of those eliminated is the science minister, the New Scientist reports.

"Science will largely be in the industry portfolio," incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbot says, adding that some responsibilities will be shouldered by the education minister.

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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.