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According to a new plan from the UK's government, 2014 is set to be the year of open access, reports The Guardian's Ian Sample. The government has unveiled a plan to make publicly funded research immediately available to the public for free within the next two years, Sample says. The papers will be put online, and universities, companies, and individuals all over the world will be able to access the studies.

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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.