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In the New Scientist, Paul Nurse says that the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation is "one of the UK's most important biomedical research initiatives in a generation" and he'd like to see it cover a large swath of biomedical research. "My own suggestion for a new research initiative is to make greater use of human material for biological investigations," Nurse says.

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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.