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As sequencing becomes ever cheaper, genome profiling will move from being used in the clinic in cases of rare diseases to more everyday health issues, says Amy Dockser Marcus in The Wall Street Journal. "Whole-genome sequencing will not stay confined to extremely rare cases of obscure diseases," says Robert Green from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

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A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

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