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The NYT checks into an article in this month's Bulletin of the World Health Organization that calls for improved ethics for conducting longitudinal health surveys in developing countries. Written by UNC scientists, the article poses many questions regarding the long-term ethics for well known survey sites -- studies of fertility in Niakhar, Senegal, of diarrhea in Matlab, Bangladesh, and of AIDS in Rakai, Uganda.

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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.