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Ethics in science comes down to accuracy and honesty, says Janet Stemwedel over at Adventures in Ethics and Science. If people are fudging or "massaging" data, for whatever reason, then the information they present and add to the common well of knowledge is suspect. "Honesty and ethical practice matter a lot because without them the community can't build a body of reliable knowledge," blogs Stemwedel.

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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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