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The Washington Post rounds up how scientific thought on genes has evolved since Gregor Mendel tended his pea plants. It’s a good place to send those English majors who don’t quite understand how biology has changed from "one gene, one protein" to include non-coding elements, those insulators, micro-RNAs, exon-splicing enhancers, or 3'-untranslated hairpins that regulate the protein-encoding genes.

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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.