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A new commentary published in Lab Animal positing a hypothetical ethics violation in the treatment of lab animals has bloggers disagreeing on the merits of such case studies in ethics training for researchers. In the case study, a postdoc at "Great Eastern University" was found to have cut corners when operating on lab animals, leading those animals to have greater rates of wound re-opening and infection, requiring euthanasia in some cases.

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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.