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There are certain situations in which research ethics consultation services may supplement institutional review boards' work, especially when there is no consensus in the field as to how to handle those circumstances, write Molly Havard, Mildred Cho, and David Magnus from Stanford University in Science Translational Medicine this week.

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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.