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Telomere Madness

Daily Scan recently wrote about Telome Health, a company launched by Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, and its new telomere test that purports to measure the length of people's telomeres to give them insight on their general health. Now, reports The New York Times' Andrew Pollack, several companies are getting into the telomere-health act by offering various tests that measure these bits of DNA.

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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.