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Marc Tessier-Lavigne, the executive vice president for research and the chief scientific officer at Genentech, is leaving the company to take the helm of Rockefeller University in New York, reports the New York Times. Tessier-Lavigne will take up the position in March, succeeding Paul Nurse, who is returning to the UK to lead the Royal Society there.

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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.

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