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Systems biology is becoming more and more appealing as a science, says Alex Palazzo at the Daily Transcript. A former systems bio skeptic, he reports on some work he saw presented recently that intrigued him. Instead of trying to model organisms in all their complex glory, this researcher was modeling the simplest set of equations "that represents how the system works [to] figure out how the mechanism should work," he writes.

 

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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.