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Pharmaceutical companies have been spending a lot of money on new cancer treatments, but the results have been less than stellar, says Robert Langreth on Forbes' Treatments blog. Pfizer, for example, has been spending a lot of money to develop a cancer drug that, in testing, helps only five percent of lung cancer patients with a particular tumor mutation.

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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.