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With the shortfall of cash in California, the UC system announced a furlough plan to save some money to cover the loss of $813 million of state financing, reports the New York Times. The system-wide furloughs will be based on pay, so that people earning more than $240,000 will take 26 furlough days and those making less than $40,000 will have 11 furlough days.

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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.