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Svante Pääbo will be announcing his preliminary results from analyzing the Neanderthal genome at AAAS next week and says he hopes to publish a draft sequence later in the year, reports Nature News. Thomas Mailund is excited. "I can't wait to get my hands on the Neanderthal and run it through our CoalHMM analysis!" 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.