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Those matrix-like bar codes that have popped up recently, may soon also be found on a research poster near you. QR codes, or quick response codes, can be read by bar code readers and smartphone cameras. Jay Buckley at PosterSession.com's blog — PosterSession.com prints posters — says that he's seen posters with QR codes.

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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.