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The Florida Board of Education passed new science standards on a 4-3 vote, writes Joshua Rosenau at Thoughts From Kansas. Board members rejected a proposal by religious groups that would have teachers emphasize "critical analysis" of evolution, but they did accommodate the God-fearing: at the last minute, they decided to add the word "scientific theory of" before various terms, including plate tectonics, atomic theory, cell theory, and evolution.

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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.