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Building off of other people's code isn't a new bioinformatics trick, and it makes sense to do it, claims this post at Bioinformatics Zen. Here, he explores how to programmatically get active EMBL files from the EBI database using BioRuby and Ruby On Rails, building off of existent code. For the most part, he considers how to store the object after it has been downloaded once, and then reload it every time it's called again.

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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.