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The Public Library of Science launched a new website, PLoS Currents. According to a post by Harold Varmus, it is "a new and experimental website for the rapid communication of research results and ideas." The first of the PLoS Currents sites will focus on influenza and contributions can range from epidemiology to genomics and from virology to policy.

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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.