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Google CEO Eric Schimdt recently told a UK audience that Britain was in danger of losing its technological edge and that a return to "the glory days of the Victorian era" — when science and the humanities were more integrated — is necessary, reports the Guardian's Timothy Stanley. "The message: Britain needs to invest in science, like the Victorians did, if it is to survive," Stanley adds.

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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.