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The US House of Representatives has approved a spending bill that would cut the budget of the Department of Energy's Office of Science slightly, reports ScienceInsider's David Malakoff. The bill would give DOE $26.3 billion, $4.82 billion of which would go to the Office of Science, Malakoff says — about $365 million below DOE's total 2012 budget and $72.2 million below of the Office of Science's 2012 budget. The Senate has yet to vote on the bill.

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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.

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