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The UK Royal Society's Michael Reiss has voluntarily left his post as director of education following disapproval from other members after he said that creationism should be addressed (though not necessarily taught) in science classes, says a BBC article.

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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.