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Sabotaging Science

At the University of Michigan, it took a hidden-camera sting operation to uncover the truth behind Heather Ames' mysterious problems with her experiments, says Nature's Brendan Maher. It was discovered that one of her colleagues, former postdoc Vipul Bhrigu, has been systematically sabotaging her work over the course of several months by tampering with her experiments and poisoning her cell culture media in order to get ahead of her, Maher says.

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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.