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Using both whole-genome sequencing and social-network analysis, researchers led by Patrick Tang at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control report that increased crack cocaine use likely led to the tuberculosis outbreak in British Columbia in 2006 and 2007.

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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.