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At the recent European Science Open Forum in Dublin, one underlying theme was how science and technology fit into society, says the Dublin Institute of Technology's Ellen Hazelkorn at the Chronicle of Higher Education's Worldwise blog. "In the decades since 1945, university-based research has come to be viewed not simply as the driver of economic growth but a vital part of the research-innovation ecosystem," Hazelkorn 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.

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