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NIH Director Francis Collins may miss the deadline he set to get the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences up and running, reports Nature News. Collins has been aiming for the center to open on the first of October, but a lack of a 2012 budget for the US government may prevent him from making that date.

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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.