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In The Guardian, there's a story about women leaving science faster, and in larger numbers, than men. A study for the Royal Society of Chemistry found that although 72 percent of the women surveyed planned to pursue a university career in the first year of their PhDs, by the third year this number went down to 37. For men, it went from 61 percent to 59 percent by their third year.

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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.