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The University of Montreal's Philip Awadalla, with Canadian and American collaborators, describes ties between rare alleles in the meiotic recombination-related gene PRDM9 and childhood leukemia in an early, online Genome Research study. The team picked up rare, maternally inherited PRDM9 variants when they tested two French Canadian siblings with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia and their unaffected parents.

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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.