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Here's a cheery article from the UK's Guardian about an impending battle over genetically modified crops. Ag company BASF is preparing to plant a field of GM potatoes, and the article says "a group of anti-GM campaigners" has already pledged to prevent that from happening. The company tried something similar last year and opponents ripped up the crop "in an overnight raid."

 

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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.